Municipal and Industrial Water Conservation:

The Federal Government Could Do More

CED-78-66: Published: Apr 3, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1978.

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An adequate supply of water is essential to the needs of the Nation's citizens and industries. While the development of some new water supplies may be needed to meet the needs of a growing population, making more efficient use of existing water supplies can help meet these needs.

Conserving municipal and industrial water supplies frees additional supplies for other purposes; prevents or delays construction of costly water supply and treatment facilities; decreases the amount of energy needed for pumping, treating, and heating water; and reduces the required capacity of future wastewater treatment facilities. No centralized data bank or clearinghouse on water conservation exists; such a clearinghouse could serve a useful purpose in providing water conservation information.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: The Chairman of the Water Resources Council should take the lead in establishing an interagency task force of the Federal and non-Federal agencies involved in water supply activities which would jointly develop Federal objectives, policies, and action plans for a clearinghouse for water conservation practices involving municipal and industrial water supplies. The task force would also ascertain the current technology, additional research needed, Federal incentives needed, priorities, and additional legislative authority needed for implementing effective water conservation practices. Unless the findings of the task force clearly justify a different approach, the Council should request the necessary authority from the Congress to make the clearinghouse activity operational. Federal agencies including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Soil Conservation Service, the Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration, and the Department of Defense, should encourage water conservation techniques in programs they administer.


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