Water Conservation: Outside the Glass


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Water conservation is easier than most people think. This presentation focuses on proven real-world examples of how to conserve energy at home or at work.

The presentation was followed by a workshop (see http://mi-group.ca/premise/water-conservation-workshop/). Contact us for more information about custom training workshops.

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  • [Opening]Water, water, every where,And all the boards did shrink;Water, water, every where,Nor any drop to drink. [Optional question] Does anyone remember where this comes from?It is from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.And if you remember the story. The mariner is a sailor who, despite good luck initially, is blow off course, to Antarctica by a storm. The mariner and his crew are surrounded by water but none of the water, being saltwater, is drinkable.An albatross appears to lead them back. The mariner shoots the bird and the ship's crew, in anger, hangs the albatross around the mariner's neck.We, in Ontario, are in a similar situation. Over the next twenty years, water shortages are predicted…Anybody remember where that comes from?rhyme of the ancient mariner – lost at sea, thirsty, can’t drinkalbatross tied around his neck: he couldn’t get rid of it, and it stunk
  • …so the proposed solution is a $1.1 billion pipeline, which will pipe water from Lake Erie through our region.I believe this solution is like an albatross around our necks. It stinks.Through conservation we can more than eliminate the need for this pipeline.We can combine existing, conventional, gray, concrete infrastructure with conservation and 'green' infrastructure to create a sustainable future. And this future does not cost $1.1 billion.The ROW pipeline @>$1.1 billion is an albatross.Based on a 20 yr. projection: it’s a conventional grey (concrete) infrastructure project$1 billion builds a high school and staffs it for a yr (2 mid, 4 elementary)Or $50k ppl, give an extra $30k/yr$1820/person for 550k ppl.Move from gray infrastructure to green infrastructure
  • Easily save 20-40% in most homes~20% - Showers~20% - Sinks~25% - Toilets~20% - Laundry~15% - Leaks
  • IrrigationWash drivewaysGardeningWhy not just design better?
  • Top left: BRAC greywaterTop mid: engineered wetlandTop right: installation of on-site blackwater treatmentBottom right: waterloo biofilter processBottom left: rain barrellMiddle: WaterCycle logo – pilot building certification program being run by Mindscape
  • Case Study: DSatnik’s houseLow-flow showersLow-flow sinks (aerators)Dual-flush toiletsEfficient laundryRainwater cistern (or)GreywaterPermeable drivewayZeriscaped (no irrigation)Over 50% savings: cap cost of ~$7k w/out drive & landscaping
  • We even have cartoons for our children that show how
  • And the region is already succeeding
  • God bless the cockroach[Close]We have a new opportunity to marry green infrastructure with gray infrastructure; combining new technology with existing technology to create sustainable growth.  Sustainable growth environmentally, personally and socially.
  • In the past we have tried to conquer nature. Today, we are trying to learn to live with nature.The future is to again become a part of nature.
  • [Close]So it is up to me.  It is up to you.  It is up to us, collectively, to make a difference.  Join me in this effort.  Give me a call. Drop me an e-mail.  If you are planning a project or even thinking about planning a project, do not reinvent the wheel.  I would like to help you.---------------After the close (and the applause) announce the seminar on July 17th and ask them to fill out the feedback form. If you would like a copy of the presentation, enter your email address on the other side.
  • Water Conservation: Outside the Glass

    1. 1. Water – Outside the GlassConservation Strategiesvs. Demand Growth@ GREN / rare Water Symposium, June 8, 2013Derek Satnik, P.Eng., LEED® APManaging Director & Chief Innovation OfficerMindscape Innovations Group Inc.www.mi-group.ca519-744-3592
    2. 2. Conservation - Indoor
    3. 3. Conservation - Outdoor
    4. 4. www.clearchoicescleanwater.org/plants/rain-gardens
    5. 5. Re-Use
    6. 6. My house!>50% savings
    7. 7. Summary: it’s really not hard…
    8. 8. ROW Water Use(Graph courtesy of Steve Gombos, Manager of Water Efficiency, Region of Waterloo)
    9. 9. - Charles DarwinIt is not the strongest of the species thatsurvives, nor the most intelligent, butthe one most responsive to change.-CharlesDarwin
    10. 10. NATURE……does not know GOOD……does not know EVIL…knows only Consequences
    11. 11. Thank you!dsatnik@mi-group.ca519.744.3592www.mi-group.caSave the date! Workshop Jul. 17