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By the Numbers
355 billion: Gallons of water used by the United States per day
80 to 100: Gallons of water used by the average American per day
13: Gallons of water used by Cape Town residents per day during “Day Zero” restrictions
51,356: Community water systems in the U.S. (8,762 of them reach 92 percent of the population)
41 million: Number of households in the U.S. that may not be able to afford water for drinking, bathing, and cooking by 2020
309,000: Estimated number of public pools in the U.S.
10.4 million: Estimated number of residential swimming pools in the U.S.
Water Use, Mapped
Americans are getting better at conserving water, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released this month. The Washington Post reportedthat per capita domestic water use has plummeted from 112 gallons per day in 1980 to just 82 gallons in 2015, a 27 percent decrease. The map above from Data Is Beautiful on Reddit shows how different regional uses compare by county, with thermoelectric power, irrigation, public water supply, and industrial uses.
statistics and map from CityLab Daily, Atlantic Media
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Environmental Water Caucus: EWC and its members employ political, legal and economic strategies to restore ecological health, improve water quality and protect public trust values throughout the San Francisco Bay-Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta estuary and the Central Valley/Sierra Nevada watersheds.
The Wildlands Conservancy: The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) is dedicated to preserving the beauty and biodiversity of the earth and to providing programs so that children may know the wonder and joy of nature.
American River Conservancy: The American River Conservancy serves our communities by ensuring healthy ecosystems within the Upper American and upper Cosumnes River Watersheds through land conservation, stewardship and education.
AltaSea: an initiative to develop new facilities at the Port of L.A. to bring together scientists, entrepreneurs, businesses and education institutions to expand science-based understanding of the ocean; incubate and sustain ocean-related business; and pioneer new ocean-related education programs.
California Coastal Commission: The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination.
Lifewater International: Lifewater is a Christian clean water organization. For more than 40 years, we’ve been bringing clean water, improved health, and hope to vulnerable women and children living in extreme poverty.
Environment California: Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, blogs and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or door to door — raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and raising funds to support our work.
Clean Water Action: Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.
Drop in the Bucket: Our mission is to build wells and sanitation systems at schools throughout sub-Saharan Africa, enabling youth to fully harness the life-changing power of an education. Our goal is to provide schools and communities with tools they need to improve child health, increase school enrollment rates and promote gender equality.
Generosity.org: Providing sustainable water solutions to the global water crisis, one community at a time.
Food & Water Watch: Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.
The Bay Foundation: Our mission is to restore and enhance Santa Monica Bay through actions and partnerships that improve water quality, conserve and rehabilitate natural resources, and protect the Bay’s benefits and values.
Topanga Creek Watershed Committee: The mission of the Topanga Watershed Committee is to refine and develop a consensus based, voluntary watershed management plan which effectively minimizes negative impacts to the watershed.
Water LA: Water LA provides homes and communities with the tools they need to capture, conserve, and reuse local water sources throughout Los Angeles.
Surfrider Foundation: The Ocean Friendly Gardens program (OFG) sees landscapes and streets as solutions to water pollution - and more. OFG standards use this simple approach everywhere possible: contouring landscapes for rainwater retention; creating living soil to sponge up water, filter pollution and sequester carbon; and installing climate-appropriate plants to create wildlife habitat and a sense of place.
Water Education Foundation: The mission of the Water Education Foundation, an impartial, nonprofit organization, is to create a better understanding of water resources and foster public understanding and resolution of water resource issues through facilitation, education and outreach.
The Trust for Public Land: At the Trust for Public Land, we don't just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. We depend on the ongoing support of individuals to make sure our work carries on well into the future.
Save the Bay: Save The Bay mobilizes thousands of Bay Area residents to protect and restore the Bay for future generations, both as advocates in their community and volunteers on the shoreline. In this era of climate change and a growing population, we work with scientists and policymakers to protect the Bay as our region's most important natural resource--essential to our environment, economy, and quality of life.
Sierra Club: The purposes of the Sierra Club are to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Sacramento River Watershed Programs: The program provides a network for building a basin-wide context to improve watershed health. It operates through consensus-based collaborative partnerships, coordination of research and monitoring, and enhancing mutual education among the stakeholders of the Sacramento River Watershed.
Sacramento River Preservation Trust: Our organization serves California to protect, preserve, and enhance, the natural and cultural values of the Sacramento River, while also supporting ecologically sound farming practices within the Sacramento River Watershed.
Restore the Delta: Restore the Delta is a grassroots campaign of residents and organizations committed to restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta so that fisheries and farming can thrive there together again.
Natural Heritage Institute: The Natural Heritage Institute (NHI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the mission of restoring and preserving natural functions in major river basins to maintain their water-dependent ecosystems and the services they provide in sustaining and enriching human life.
Friends of the River: Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems and is the most effective grassroots organization working on behalf of rivers.
Environmental Justice Coalition for Water: The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is a statewide coalition of grassroots groups and intermediary organizations building a collective, community-based movement for democratic water allocation, management, and policy in California. EJCW empowers the most under-served communities, including those of low-income and communities of color throughout California to advocate for clean, safe, and affordable water.
Earthjustice: Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Community Water Center: The Community Water Center acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
San Francisco Baykeeper: Using water quality monitoring, science, and on-the-water patrols, Baykeeper identifies the greatest threats to the health of the Bay’s ecosystem. Then they strategically use advocacy, public education, and legal action to secure smart solutions that stop pollution and restore water quality.
Council for Watershed Health: CWH was founded in 1996 to facilitate an inclusive, stakeholder driven process to preserve, restore and enhance the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Watersheds. CWH's programs and projects are built upon three key strategies outlined in our Strategic Plan: education and engagement; research and monitoring; and integrated planning and management.
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AECOM: Delivers clean water and energy. Builds iconic skyscrapers. Plans new cities. Restores damaged environments. Connects people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Designs parks where children play. Helps governments maintain stability and security.
Clean Water Technology: Clean Water Technology, Inc. (CWT), a global provider of water and wastewater treatment solutions, specializes in skid-mounted and packaged treatment systems. An innovator in wastewater technology, CWT’s products cover the entire realm of water and wastewater treatment with the highest degree of efficiency and sustainability as well as easy operability and flexibility.
Aquaseca: Property damage from water leaks is expensive - over $10 billion of damage annually in the United States alone. Unlike spot detectors or single point sensors, the AquaSeca system detects activity throughout the building from a network of inexpensive, non-invasive sensors. Click the white arrow on video immediately below and find out how.
Utilis: Using technology that is used to look for water on other planets, Utilis analyzes satellite imagery to detect leaks and non-revenue-water. The result? Images that cover 3.500 square kilometers at once. The leaks are displayed in user friendly GIS reports including street locations, with great accuracy, saving significant labor associated with finding leaks with current methods.
California Water Service: Cal Water is the largest subsidiary of the California Water Service Group, which also includes Washington Water Service Company, New Mexico Water Service Company, Hawaii Water Service Company, HWS Utility Services, and CWS Utility Services. As a whole, the Group provides high-quality regulated and non-regulated utility services to approximately 2 million people in 100 communities.
Rain Systems: Rain Systems injects a polymer that is EPA tested, environmentally safe and 100 percent biodegradable. It is fully effective for 5 years. This polymer will absorb over 100 times its weight in water. It will then give back over 95% of the water that it stored directly to the plants, as they need it, via its reservoir action.
BioLargo, Inc.: BioLargo, Inc. is an innovative technology incubator and environmental engineering company driven by a mission to “make life better” by delivering robust, sustainable solutions for a broad range of industries and applications, with a focus on clean water, clean air, and advanced wound care.
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Boeing: Teams across the global Boeing network continue to transform how we design and build our products, the systems that enable us to work more efficiently, and the work we do to improve the environmental performance of our products and internal operations.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: JPL is the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, Earth science and space-based astronomy missions.
General Electric: Making aircraft engines more efficient. Powering the world with flexible gas turbines. Crunching big data. Pioneering the Industrial Internet. Creating greener ground transportation. At Global Research, we work every day to see, move and create the future. This is all about positioning GE for the long term, making the world a better place and partnering with our business teams serving our customers.
Nautilus Data Technologies: Nautilus’ patent-pending water cooling technology is at the core of its design, delivering a waterborne data center that operates more efficiently and less expensively than traditional land-based facilities, while achieving higher environmental standards.
Ocean Exploration Trust (OET): Our international programs center on scientific exploration of the seafloor and many of our expeditions are launched from aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to conducting scientific research, we offer our expeditions to explorers on shore via live video, audio, and data feeds from the field.
Catalina Sea Ranch (CSR): Catalina Sea Ranch has developed the first offshore aquaculture facility in federally regulated waters of the United States. Its strategic plan anticipates the development of the initial 100-acre site to improve the technologies, validate the economics, and monitor and document any environmental impact. It then intends to expand its aquaculture facility to 1,000 acres and include additional sustainable marine crops.
Real Reef Manufacturing: Currently this eco-reef friendly wild rock alternative (Real Reef) is being sold to hundreds of pet retailers and used by hobbyist worldwide. It is becoming a brand synonymous with saving the reefs and creating some of most beautiful aquariums to date.
Primary Ocean Producers: Primary Ocean Producers and our team of highly experienced macroalgae entrepreneurs and researchers are designing the most efficient, large scale macroalgae cultivation system for seeding, farming, and harvesting to be deployed on exposed open ocean.
Braid Space at AltaSea: Be a part of the LA Waterfront startup community. Be a part of Braid Space at AltaSea. Braid Space offers technical and business consulting to maritime-related businesses as well as occasional co-working facilities.
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI): We utilize state-of-the-art programs, proven tools and connections to partners, mentors and advisors, while providing the kind of oversight and long-term commitment that’s crucial to your success
Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI): SCMI’s mission is to foster marine research and education, focusing on urban impacts of the greater Los Angeles region on the coastal ocean. We seek to improve scientific understanding and the development of solutions that will enable coastal waters and watersheds to thrive, adapt and become resilient to ongoing environmental stressors.
Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI): Schmidt Ocean Institute works to advance the frontiers of global marine research by providing state of the art operational, technological, and informational support to the pioneering ocean science and technology development projects at sea.
National Geographic Sea Lion: The National Geographic Sea Lion is designed to navigate narrow inlets and wildlife-rich passageways inaccessible to larger ships, while comfortably accommodating 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Along with spacious viewing decks, these nimble vessels carry innovative exploration tools, including a SplashCam and a hydrophone that enable us to look and listen beneath the waves.
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS): The regional observing systems work to collect, integrate, and deliver coastal and ocean observations in order to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. The principal goal of SCCOOS is to provide observations and products to a diverse stakeholder community of managers and planners, operational decision makers, scientists, and the general public.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH): True to its mission since 1937, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor helps young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. We achieve this through a commitment to quality programs and services in an environment that is safe, nurturing and inspiring.
Junior Achievement of Southern California: JASoCal's programs seek to inspire and empower over 70,000 young people through financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship education; all concepts that are reinforced through JA's volunteer mentors who lead students through JA Classroom, Job Shadow and Finance Park programs!
Los Angeles Maritime Institute: The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels built to train and equip young people with 21st century leadership skills, and inspire maritime and STEM career paths.
Global Green USA: Global Green works to create green cities, neighborhoods, affordable housing, and schools to protect environmental health, improve livability, and support our planet's natural systems; to address climate change and create resilient and sustainable communities.