VISTA, CA — Waterless Co. recently addressed some of the unexpected issues that have risen from the water efficiency and conservancy movement, in a release.
The release pointed specifically to California where “agencies are reporting that, as of July 2015, the state is using 31 percent less water than it was in July 2013.”
Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless, addressed some of the problems that emerged from the positive changes to water conservation:
- Multi-million dollar revenue shortfalls for suppliers.
- Rate increases from utility companies to address these revenue shortfalls.
- Less water in main sewer lines has resulted in blockages that can be costly to repair.
- Foul odors because main sewer lines are either blocked or sewage is moving too slowly through the system.
- Water utility companies needing to flush fresh water down main sewer pipes more often to keep them running properly.
- Less water is being recycled-some utility companies and other organizations are very dependent on recycled water for irrigation and other needs.
- Tree roots are extending deeper into the ground in search of water, often invading fresh water and sewage pipes which then must be repaired.
- Odors released from indoor restroom floor drains as custodial workers reduce mopping frequencies.
“Most of these issues will be with us for some time, others can be tackled in the near future,” Reichardt says in the release. “For instance, using an ‘ever prime’ product poured into floor drains can help eliminate restroom odors immediately. But we must focus on the big picture: In the long-run using less water is a benefit for us all.”