The 2015 Water Year just ended and more than 5,700 registered users hauled just shy of 45 million gallons of recycled water for irrigation at home. For a state locked in a historic 4 year drought this is very telling information.
This go around, while also asking for stats, I asked if anything has been learned. One fill station mentioned their purchase of the PortALogic system to reduce the man hours required in staffing the fill station. Something other fill stations may want to invest in when it comes to analyzing the increased costs of staffing a free recycled water fill station.
July was a busy month for the Ironhouse Sanitary District. Their free recycled water fill station saw a lot of activity and it has made their employees and board members ecstatic! When the fill station first opened, they had 21,000 gallons water storage, but when demand picked up they quickly grew to 58,000 gallons of storage.
Now, as they are accommodating nearly 300 visitors a day, the Board of Directors approved a pipeline from their water recycling plant to the fill station, which enables more than 58,000 gallons give away, a day. Continue reading
We’re near the end of another month and people like stats, especially when we’re talking big numbers. Between longer hours, better traffic control and a more efficient way to track fill station usage, CCCSD sure has come a long way from the beginning. Just two weeks ago, if you asked for a data set you could get it that day, but the data was old. Data entry was making the entire process very inefficient.
When the fill station started, expectations were low so all data entry occurred on paper. Up until about the middle of July, everything was done by hand. Now that they’ve written some custom software and acquired a drivers license scanner, data is available in 15 minute increments. Yes, once they get enough data they will know when the busy and slow times are. 🙂
The data charts I received are up to July 28th, 2015. I’ll post the graphics they create, plus some analysis.
Water is a finite resource, much like oil. And water comes with a cost, much like oil. The difference is we need water to survive. Our bodies are made up of 55-65% water. Without it we dehydrate and eventually die. Some would argue that oil is the same way, except society lasted for thousands of years without it. However, the oil industry charges a steep price for oil. With those profits they build pipelines for the largest users, like airports use jet fuel and ships at port use diesel.
When it comes to water, we as a society have built pipelines to deliver water from faraway lands to other remote places. We’ve run pipes to our homes, businesses and parks. There are drinking water mains in the street that have charged hydrants for firemen to use, baseball and football stadiums are plumbed with the stuff and yes, even oil refineries use drinking water to manufacture the oil we need to keep everything mechanical running.