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The Importance of Water Conservation in the Coming Decade

March 14th, 2012 No comments

Austin, Texas I saw T. Boone Pickens speak a few years back on the importance of water as a natural and national treasure and his concern for its growing scarcity. In Austin, Texas, for example, our lakes are down about 20 feet from their typical depths due to severe droughts over the past few years.

When it comes to thinking about water, there is often some confusion between renewable and unlimited resources.

Water is a renewable necessity, yet humans treat it as an unlimited resource, which it is not.

People use excessive amounts of water every single day, making it difficult for water to replenish itself at the rate that we use it. Although 70% of earth’s surface is water, 97% of that is salt water. Only 3% is fresh water.

A company called elocal, shared with me this accompanying image and facts.

discussion of water as a national resource and treasure

Between doing dishes, washing clothes and watering our grass, thousands of gallons of water is wasted each year. For example, one household in the U.S. uses 127,000 gallons of water per year.

However, if a family used low-flow fixtures on the faucets, washing machine, shower head and toilet, a household could save 40,000 gallons of water per year. If every home also adopted these same fixtures, we could save 2 trillion gallons of water, worth over $4 billion dollars! As the population continues to grow, we need to think smart and start conserving now before it is too late. We encourage you to start the change in your community.

Think before wasting water.  Encourage your family and friends to use it wisely.

Water is not an unlimited resource.

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 25 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, recycled pens and pencils in the country.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Are Tax Incentives Needed to Improve Water and Energy Conservation?

November 8th, 2011 No comments

ways to reduce drought in Texas and other areasAustin, Texas: Texas is voting today on a constitutional amendment — known as Prop 8 — which would give tax breaks to landowners who take measures to conserve water and preserve water quality.

According to the Statesman.com, the rule would give landowners who implement water-conserving measures a lower valuation on their property, similar to how an agricultural or wildlife exemption works. Some of the measures would include planting more native grasses that require less water or fencing off streams to prevent erosion.

The tax breaks differ based on how much land is utilized. Since the calculations would be the same as other existing programs it could save them up to thousands of dollars annually on taxes.

Texas has seen record  a drought this past summer, with billions of dollars in crop losses and devastated the beef and cotton industry–staples to the Texas economy.

However, are tax incentives the right answer?

Many people on both sides of the political spectrum have been talking about the need to end corporate welfare, which would include tax incentives that would favor any particular industries.

Is this just another way of choosing winners and losers for or tax dollars or is this really needed?

I think ranchers and farmers already have it in their best interests to conserve water.  Water conservation is Ranching 101.  They have seen the prices of their livestock plummet this year due to the drought, and its effects on crops and the health of their livestock, so they are already aware and motivated to conserve water.

However, I do not think a constitutional amendment is the way to go.

Perhaps the funds can better be used to build a desalination plants to convert water from the Gulf of Mexico into potable water.

Or use the funds instead to build facilities to treat and reuse waste water and adding it to the freshwater supply.

Picking winners and losers seems the wrong way to go.  Investing in the future for infrastructure that will help the entire region seems like a better idea.

What do you think?  Please share with me why you are for or against this amendment.

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UPDATE: November 9: It looks like I wasn’t the only Texan against this constitutional amendment favoring landowners.  It was one of only three amendments rejected out of ten proposed.
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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 25 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, recycled pens and pencils in the country.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

Follow ecomarketing on Twitter