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  1. Real World Experiences Business, Industry & Government Water Conservation Program Jeff Sandberg PNWS Conference May 2, 2008

  2. Customer Requests • Green building • Cost reduction • Unexpected increases

  3. Green Buildings - Office • Replace toilets, faucets, showerheads • Determined fixture use by manf. Date • Estimated savings: 1.6 MG/mth • Actual (so far) 98,000 gal/mth

  4. Green Buildings - Hotel • Faucets are 0.5 gpm • Installed 2.0 gpm showerheads • Estimated savings: >300,000 gal/mth

  5. Reducing Costs - Office • Installed 0.5 gpm faucets • Estimated savings: ~ 39,000 gal/mth

  6. Reducing Costs – Glass • Installed recirculation system • Estimated savings: ~ 450,000 gal/mth

  7. Unknown Use – Asst. Care • Use ~ 1,150 gpd excess • 8 leaking toilets – 144 gpd per toilet

  8. Unknown Use – Tavern • Excess use ~ 1,900 gpd • Plumber checked • Dye tested.

  9. Unknown Use – Restaurant • Excess use ~ 5,000 gpd or 3.3 gpm

  10. Unknown Use – Firelines • Pumps, risers and underground

  11. Unknown Use – Trap Primer • Ultrasonic metering • Excess use: 27,000 gpd

  12. Unknown Use – Single Pass • Replaced with air cooled • Savings: ~ 495,000 gal/mth

  13. Unknown Use – @*^%$ • Feline Entertainment • Humidification • Retribution

  14. World Of Conservation… • To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde • The simplest answer is usually the correct one.

  15. Ultrasonic Water Meter

  16. Customer Service Through Targeted Water Conservation Programs Sarah Murphy Santner PNWC Conference April 2008

  17. Targeted programs for low-income customers • In the City of Portland more than 25% of citizens are classified as low income. • For the past ten years the Portland Water Bureau has designed and funded conservation programs that are specifically targeted at low-income families. • Current programs: • Home Water Assessment pilot project • Use Less, Pay Less Resource Conservation

  18. Home Water Assessment • 2 year pilot project • Leverage existing program though the Energy Trust of Oregon • 3 water providers partnered • Portland Water Bureau • Tualatin Valley Water District • Rockwood PUD • Goal to provide 200 water assessments per year per utility

  19. Home Water Assessment Recruitment • Portland targeted outreach to low-income customers only • Mailed an invitation flier to all customers enrolled in Portland’s financial discount program. • Trained Portland call center staff to make referrals to the program

  20. Home Water Assessment Procedure • Staff trained by the Energy Trust of Oregon enter private homes. • Toilet leak test. Replace flapper as needed. • Measure flow of all faucets and showerheads. Replace aerators and heads as needed. • Document presence of dishwasher • Document style (front vs. top load) of washing machine • Document other leaks

  21. Home Water Assessment Results • Customer Response • 7,230 invitations mailed to date • 150 Water Assessments completed • 2% response rate • Cost • Estimated cost per assessment $50 (devices, staff time, administration, data) • Water Savings • Total estimated savings to date based on engineering estimates - 7,147 gallons per day. • Estimated savings 47 gallons/household/day • Approximately $171 year to customer • True savings based on meter data - TBD

  22. Use Less, Pay Less Resource Conservation Program • 2 year pilot project for recycling & water conservation education • Outreach to 1,000 low-income customers each year • Leverage established community organizations which have existing relationships with clients • Train NGO staff to provide education

  23. Use Less, Pay Less Procedure • Recruit community partners • Focus groups with target audience • Develop training materials & kits for customers • Train community partners

  24. Use Less, Pay Less Results • Customer Response • 1,000 customers served per year • Cost • $57 per participant • Water Savings • Evaluation of savings from another program done with similar kits showed a 13.4 CCF annual savings

  25. Questions? Sarah Murphy Santner Residential Conservation Coordinator 503-823-7444 Sarah.santner@ci.portland.or.us