Conserving Water Reduces Air Pollution
CONSERVING WATER REDUCES AIR POLLUTION AND HELPS FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
Most people don’t understand that it takes a huge amount of electricity to produce water.
It takes electricity to operate the pumps that move water from rivers and lakes to water treatment facilities. In many areas of the country water is pumped from underground sources that takes even more energy. Once the water arrives at the drinking water treatment facility it must be filtered and chlorinated that consumes more electricity.
After the water is treated and ready for use, the water distribution system is pressurized using electric pumps. Water pressure is what causes water to flow when you turn the handles of a faucet or turn on your shower.
When people waste water this wasted water ends up in the sewer system. It takes electricity to run the pumps to push this wasted water to the sewer treatment facility. It then takes even more energy to run the pumps and filters to clean this water and even more electricity to discharge it back into the environment.
Wasting water wastes all the electricity it took to pump it from the source, to filter it and to deliver it to your home or business. In 2016, 33% of all electricity is generated in the United States by burning coal. Burning coal causes air pollution and contributes to climate change that threatens our environment.