The Importance of Water Resiliency
Water is cheap, and we typically don’t treat it as a premium resource. But as Benjamin Franklin once said, when the well is dry, we know the worth of water. Extended cycles of drought, shorter periods of rainfall, the threat of seawater incursion and a diminishing Sierra snowpack have jeopardized the reliability of our region’s water supplies. Yet Silicon Valley’s prosperity depends on secure and adequate water supplies.
What would it take for Silicon Valley to stop importing fifty percent of our water and design for water self-sufficiency?
To catalyze action towards long-term resiliency in water supply and management in Silicon Valley, SSV organized the Silicon Valley Water Summit in December 2009. As a follow-up to the forum, SSV established a water usage reduction initiative modeled after our successful CO2 emissions reduction efforts. Beginning in 2010, SSV Partners can track and reduce their organization’s water usage, much as they do CO2 emissions. In addition to helping facilitate reduced water use, the SSV water initiative is also coordinating pilot projects to test advanced solutions for site-based, distributed water treatment and reuse.
Catalyze a Sea Change in Water Conservation!
The following resources are aimed at helping you find supplemental information on SSV’s water-related programs, speaker presentations and events.
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