THE WATER WE CAN SAVE

 

After going through the process of realising and describing the water you have (water of the island), the water you use (water of the islanders), and the water you produce and distribute (water of the community), it is time to talk about saving water.

If you ask some of the internet search engines about “saving water”, you could get the impression it is a private task, urging you not to let the water run when brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers and eat less meat. We see serious water saving as a collective task requiring citizens, civil servants, politicians and businesses to perform a concerted set of actions including (a) communication, (b) smart technology and (c) wise governance.

Generally speaking, we produce more water than we use, and we don’t need as much water as we use. It’s like the angel’s share in whisky making, when a large part of the liquid evaporates in the process (in saome cases about 24 % for a 12-year old scotch).

What if you challenge yourself to save a certain amount of the water used on the island? How could it be done? What can we learn from others? Are there any water-waste fighters around?

Here, we present you with solutions and recommendations of islanders from the eight Water Saving Challenge Project Islands. Islanders from Croatia, France, Greece and Ireland met for a series of workshops on Croatian island of Vis, and together came up with solutions they divided into three categories.

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CLEVER COMMUNICATION

... to make water users understand how much water they use, how this is affecting their society and their environment, and how to save water.

 

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SMART    ENGINEERING

... with respect to technologies to reduce water consumption in households, in official buildings, in agriculture and in industry, to reduce leakage in networks and pipes, for more efficient desalination.

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WISE       GOVERNANCE

... which includes pricing of municipal water, rainwater use, the reuse of wastewater, and regulations for hotels, industries and households.