Water Rates on the Rise: 6 Ways to Save [Infographic]

Ben Franklin wrote, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The new addendum should be, “and the rising cost of water.” USA Today, The Oregonian, ValleyCrest Takes On and now Fast Company have taken notice, attributing the water rate increases to aging infrastructure and the rising cost of energy. Regardless of the reasons, water rate increases have us all feeling squeezed whether it be your personal family income or property management budget. The good thing is, there is something you can do about it.

Water-saving solutions

The infographic below presents a quick picture of just how much a variety of water management solutions can improve water use efficiency on your property and in turn, protect you from having to pay more and more year-over-year to your local water agency. Given water rate increase projections for many cities across the US, we all need to be implementing smarter water-use solutions just to keep our water bill from going up.

Aging water infrastructure isn’t just a public problem

A colleague brought up an interesting point in a conversation on water management last week. He compared our irrigation system to car maintenance. We all think about putting a little money into savings each month to account for ongoing issues we might have with our vehicles. For some reason, most of us don’t think about our irrigation systems in the same way. Many of our irrigation systems have costly leaks or outdated equipment that add up to A LOT of water waste every year. In today’s water rate environment, we can’t afford to turn a blind eye any longer.

Please take a moment to comment below if you have tried any of the water saving solutions noted in the infographic, or if you have other ideas you can share for reducing your water footprint.

Ways to Save Water Infographic

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Richard Restuccia

Richard Restuccia is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. As the Director for Water Management Solutions at ValleyCrest, Richard is our spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. Currently he serves on the Irrigation Association’s Board of Directors. As a board member, Richard serves in a variety of capacities, including government/public affairs. He is the liaison between the board and its marketing committee on the best ways to promote water efficiency and educate industry professionals on new technologies, products and services. Richard is also a regular contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine.


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  1. Friday, 6:30 Ann Alfano

    Richard, great article! Thanks for the water-saving tips. The graphis you provided are phenomenal and right on the money. Ann

  2. Friday, 9:07 twitter_LiteracyandTech

    This blog has been a highlight of my week, twice a week, for over a year. That there are some significant changes coming makes me sad…while I’m deliriously excited about the one who’s come to our rain-filled part of the country. When are you and Alan going to visit Raleigh? You know, there’s a VC presence here, just waiting for you to get to arrive. Ok, so that had a double meaning…there really is a Valley Crest here. I see the trucks and I know that Balfour Beatty has some contact w/ them…again – not a double meaning…

  3. Friday, 10:09 bill Ingeneri

    Richard would love to see this a a promotional/ education ad in our magazine…. Our next magazine goes out in September in Phoenix and we are launching Tucson in October…Same article ad can be placed in both editions….

    Let me know your interest level,
    Bill Ingeneri

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