Through our years of experience, we’ve learned that one solution does not fit all. Across the country, we work with cities and communities of all sizes to help them solve their unique water and wastewater needs and challenges. Our expertise and knowledge of the industry allows us to consolidate the efforts that go into building a new, or updating an older facility.
Our expertise with innovative solutions and technologies has allowed us to develop a number of projects that focus on providing sustainable, long-term environmentally sound water and wastewater systems, as well as programs that promote beneficial reuse.
By employing silt basins and dry dams, stabilizing streambanks and acquiring land, the 10-year plan has reduced sediment discharged into the river by 50 percent. In addition to mitigating thousands of tons of sediment, the plan has also yielded construction and operating cost savings.
For its efforts, Illinois American Water and Great Rivers Land Trust won a 2002 Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Dewatered residual waste from 10 facilities is used as topsoil and topsoil blend for earthwork, pipeline construction restoration, landscaping and tree nursery applications. In addition, liquid slurry material from 20 plants is used to improve agricultural lands. Pennsylvania American Water also has partnered with local conservancy groups to provide waste material for use in community and school gardening projects.
By finding environmentally sound uses for residual waste, Pennsylvania American Water has generated operational cost savings by avoiding landfill use. For its efforts, Pennsylvania American Water won the 2000 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and the 2001 Allegheny County Enviro Star Award.
A study conducted by the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development Environment and Security in Oakland, California found bottled water consumes as much as 2,000 times more energy than tap water. The study also found the total bottled water consumption in the U.S. consumed 32 to 54 million barrels of oil in 2007.
Americans purchased more than 33 billion liters of bottled water and worldwide more than 200 billion liters of bottled water was sold.
Since 2001, bottled water sales have increased by 70 percent. Bottled water is purchased more by consumers than milk or beer. The increased consumption of bottled water has increased the consumption of energy.
Start saving energy and spend less by drinking tap water.