considered, but it cannot be used in FEMP payback computations.)
Other possible benefits could include reduced sewage treatment
costs (low-flow fixtures), reduced operations and maintenance
costs (Xeriscape or automated controls) or even reduced water
heating costs (low-flow showerheads).
Step 5 - Develop A Long-Term Plan. After having
completed all of the above, it should be fairly simple to
incorporate those results into a comprehensive plan to manage
your water resources.
Drought Management Plan. A part of your overall water
conservation plan is your drought management plan. A drought
management plan will aid you in being proactive when drought
conditions begin, rather than just being reactive and hoping for
the best. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) "Drought
Management Planning" manual contains a detailed discussion of the
steps in planning and implementing a drought management plan.
Public Education and Involvement. Another aspect of
water conservation planning is public education and involvement.
Without the involvement of the base personnel, water conservation
plans of any kind will be difficult to implement. Many of the
methods to reduce water usage involve modifying personal habits
and behaviors. You can install many water reducing devices, but
if the users still take half-hour showers and water their lawns
(and sidewalks) throughout the night, your water conservation
program will not be very successful. Check with your local water
utility, odds are that they already have some form of a public
education or information program you can use to base your plan
upon. Along with assistance in the public education arena, your
local water utility can assist you in other areas - get them
involved. Typical services your utility might provide include:
Rebates for equipment retrofits or replacements.
Information on water-efficient equipment and
Assistance with water audits and surveys.
Assistance in leak detection.
Metering and metering data.