• On October 5, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order from President Obama which establishes the Federal Government as a leader in adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. The order addresses issues such as energy usage and green house gas emissions to strategies to improve water efficiency and management.
    Some of the highlights of the water policy: (Section 2(d))
    – reducing potable water consumption by 26 percent by the end of fiscal year 2020
    – reducing agency industrial, landscaping, and agricultural water consumption by 20 percent by the end of fiscal year 2020
    – identify, promote and implement water reuse strategies that reduce potable water consumption
    – Stormwater guidance for Federal Facilities

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    Source: October 5, 2009 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

  • 29 Dec 2009 /  Water Issues - United States

    Rain harvesting saves Tucson water

    TUCSON — Tucson’s push to use rainwater to meet landscaping needs could serve as a model for dry regions throughout the nation, Arizona environmentalists said.

    Beginning next year, new businesses in Tucson must use rainwater for at least half of their landscaping needs.

    If all of Tucson’s rainwater could be collected, it would amount to about 75 percent of the water delivered to homes and businesses each year, said Jim Riley, a University of Arizona hydrologist who teaches about rainwater harvesting.

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    Source: Dec. 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM by United Press International