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Every Drop Counts. Brought to you by your local WaterMatch Makers. Introductions & Agenda. This presentation brought to you by… Why every drop counts WaterMatch and the WaterMatch Makers Program Getting to know your local watershed and resources

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Every Drop Counts

Brought to you by your local WaterMatch Makers


Introductions & Agenda

  • This presentation brought to you by…
  • Why every drop counts
  • WaterMatch and the WaterMatch Makers Program
  • Getting to know your local watershed and resources
  • Campus water conservation and awareness activities
  • How you can help and get involved

Why Every Drop Counts

  • All earth life is water life. Water is literally everywhere because life is everywhere
  • While you can go almost a month without food, your body can’t survive one week without water
  • Only 1% of the world’s water supply is available for drinking water
  • With increasing populations, it has become even more imperative to preserve and conserve our water
    • At any given time, more than half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from waterborne diseases
    • 3-6 million people, mostly children, die every year due to preventable water-related diseases
  • Water is critical to daily operations of existing business and to the vitality of new commercial enterprise and residential developments
  • The availability of water resources and service has a profound effect on job creation and overall economic prosperity

The Earth has always had the same amount of water - what we have now is all we are ever going to have

  • My water becomes your water becomes their water all around the world
  • We are all “Downstream” (click to play video produced by WateReuse Research Foundation)

Water reuse for both potable and non-potable uses is critical to achieving global water security and sustainability.


Social networking + GIS mapping + water generators + water users = WaterMatch


Whatis WaterMatch?

WaterMatch is agrassrootsinitiative to promote the beneficial reuse of municipal effluent by industry or agriculture, using the power of GIS mapping and social networking to facilitate matches.

  • By using the freeWaterMatch website:
  • Industrial and Agricultural water users can easily locate municipal wastewater treatment plants in their area.

Municipal wastewater organizations can provide information in their profile.


Win-Win-Win Benefits


  • When Industrial and Agricultural freshwater use is reduced, freshwater supply for human use and/or ecosystems is increased.


  • Economic benefits: when Industries use municipal effluent, they are typically willing to provide funding for advanced treatment and for the water itself.
  • Reuse promotes the sustainability of cities and health of communities – particularly in developing countries.

Industries and Agriculture:

  • Municipal effluent offers a secure source of relatively good quality water.
  • Use of non-fresh water strengthens a company’s public reputation and license to operate.
why is it needed
Why is it needed?

According to Global Water Intelligence:

“It is only by setting the target of reusing half of the world’s domestic water supply that the world can meet its water challenge over the next two decades without imperiling the environment.”

how does it work
How does it work?

Industrial and Municipal Users log in by providing brief information

Public can search for WWTPs by location and distance


Municipal Users fill in Facility Profile

Industrial Users find WWTP Contacts


Connections Made – Matches Begun

Dear Shanghai Touxu WWTP,

Our factory needs a reliable source of raw water for steam. What is the quality of your effluent?


AAA Textile Mill

example reuse by oil refineries
Example: Reuse by Oil Refineries

Recycled Water Project

Los Angeles, California, USA

Municipality: West Basin Municipal Water District

Company: Three Large Oil Refineries

Flowrate: 14 million gallons per day

Use: Cooling and Boiler Feed Water

Conveyance: Underground Pipeline

“Serving recycled water to the refineries redirects enough potable water to serve over 30,000 typical homes each year”.

Joe Walters, Mgr. of Business Development, WBMWD

example reuse by power plant
Example: Reuse by Power Plant

Empire Generating Project

Rensselaer, New York

  • 635 MW Natural GasCombined Cycle
  • 4800 gpm of municipal secondary effluent for processmake-up water
  • Tunnel beneath Hudson River to convey effluent to plant
  • Facility conserves fresh water consumption by as much as 4800 gpm in summer high demand period
university watermatch makers
University WaterMatch Makers

Leveraging university students around the world to help populate the database, encourage WWTP participation, and build awareness about water reuse.

Our role:

Site Locations - Identify municipal WWTPs in area and add to WaterMatch Map

Facility Profiles - Contact municipalities/WWTPs to help them fill in their Facility Profiles

Progress Reporting – Provide updates on University Profile on WaterMatch Makers webpage and through social media

Hold a WaterMatch Meet-Up & Water Awareness Event on Campus

what we learned
What We Learned
    • Local water resources – local water shed, average rain fall, local water issues (prone to drought? Flooding?)
    • Local Facilities – how many are there, who do they serve, size, processes, any infrastructure projects taking place,etc
    • Water reuse in the area?
    • Experience visiting the facility/ speaking with staff- response
    • Overall experience
water conservation on campus
Water Conservation on Campus
  • USE THIS SLIDE(s) TO SHARE WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS HAPPENING ON CAMPUS – reach out to facilities or sustainability director if you don’t know!
how you can help
How You Can Help
  • USE THIS SLIDE TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN CAMPUS/LOCAL PROGRAMS or general water conservation efforts students can help with
how you can help1
How You Can Help

Wash laundry & dishes with full loads

Always turn off running water

Take shorter showers

Eliminate any and all leaks

Reduce the flow of toilets & showerheads

Discover your own water footprint and how you can cut back at