feasible, or when money becomes available, the right measures can
Social Acceptability. Social acceptance is probably
the most important aspect to consider. If the base personnel
will not accept it, it is not going to work! Social acceptance
increases with overall awareness, another good reason to ensure
that base personnel awareness and information is an integral part
of your conservation program. Alternate days for watering might
not be readily accepted, but if the base personnel are informed
and knowledgeable about the installation's water resources, the
chance for acceptance will be greater. Acceptance is a major
issue with water reclamation projects. The use of "sewage water"
for anything except disposal tends to concern many people, unless
properly informed of the benefits and safety of such systems. If
you are contemplating any water reuse application, the
92/004, "Guidelines for Water Reuse" is an invaluable resource.
Step 4 - Analyze the Benefits and Costs. The costs and
benefits of the potential water conservation measures should now
be quantified. It cannot be over emphasized that this is one of
your key roles as the energy or facilities manager. Not every
idea is going to prove beneficial at your particular installation
and some, which may not be beneficial elsewhere, will be
beneficial for you. More information on identifying the costs
and associated benefits of water projects can be located in the
reading selections listed in Section 7.3.
Costs. What are the new costs associated with the
proposed conservation measure? Is new maintenance required,
additional personnel, or are significant administrative costs
associated with it? These questions need to be considered, in
addition to the typical project costs such as parts and labor,
prior to implementing any conservation measure.
Benefits. What are the benefits of the new water
conservation measure? This is where knowing the total and
marginal costs of your water are really important. Consider if
reductions from your peak demand could eliminate some charges
from your water bill, provided you are billed in that fashion.
Remember that reduced demand could result in the removal of an
existing well from service. Also, if a reduction in your water
demand would delay or possibly even eliminate the need for
expanding your water or sewage treatment plants, it should be
considered. (NOTE: Construction cost avoidance should be