How Do You Measure Water Use, Anyway?

What gets measured gets managed. And water - which requires electricity, chemicals and labor to treat - rarely gets measured. A new tool is changing that.

In states as far flung as Georgia and Nevada, communities are experiencing service inconveniences or stating serious concerns over their long-term water supplies. Other states have halted industrial projects or commercial developments as water resources are strained.
As competing demands for water escalate, business and governance as usual will not suffice.

Cities, industries and citizens need data, smart-planning tools, better approaches and more cost-effective best practices to ensure a successful, sustainable future that takes into account these new realities.

Veolia developed the Water Impact Index to meet this need. It's a tool that can help cities and companies plan long-term projects to ensure long-term water supplies.

Traditionally, water is measured by volume. While this helps raise awareness, it's insufficient for representing impact to a water resource and the environment. In a nutshell, the Water Impact Index:
  • Expands on existing volume-based water measurement tools.
  • Incorporates additional factors like resource stress and water quality.
  • Provides a better way to establish the implications of water management.
Veolia used the Water Impact Index for the first time in Milwaukee. We conducted what we believe is the first-ever simultaneous analysis of water and carbon on a major urban area's water cycle. The results were surprising, and yielded very real answers on water solutions with the best ROI.

The Water Impact Index can be used by cities and industries to recognize and adopt best practices which are meaningful for operating budgets - and for the environment.

Are you interested in a deeper analysis of your water and wastewater system? Call 312-552-2800 or email us. We can answer any questions you have.

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