How I Learned to Conserve Water in Las Vegas

Kudos to the Southern Nevada Water Authority for hosting the 6th Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference (WSI) Oct. 1-4, 2013. For the past 6 years, the hardest working folks in water conservation have brought the latest in technology, software, best management practices, and conservation education to the rest of us, and I want to thank them. WSI is easily the most useful and best managed conference I attend.

WSI is about water conservation, but there are always some workshops that deal with recycling, green infrastructure, even energy efficiency. I attended four workshops that really resonated with me this year.

  • Building the Teams that Build Green Infrastructure
  • Rethinking the Impossible: Net Zero Water Footprinting Strategies
  • Conservation Efforts to Sustain a Desert River
  • Commodes into Roads: Closing the Recycling Loop in Porcelain Replacement

There were other presentations I missed but will get to at least check out the PowerPoint versions via the WaterSmart Innovations web site, If you are interested in learning more about any of the above, I encourage you to visit the web site and pull up the presentations. You will find the presentations I mentioned, as well as all the others, on this site (as PDFs). So if you have any interest in greywater systems, high-efficiency toilets, WaterSense fixtures, rainwater harvesting (shameless self-promotion: I presented on this topic; see “From Rain to Resource: Rainwater Harvesting for Drought Planning and Stormwater Management”), check out the site.

I can’t say enough good things about this conference. If you care at all about using water efficiently and protecting our water resources for future generations, you will want to know more about WSI. Maybe I will see you in 2014 in Las Vegas (Oh, yeah. The conference is in Sin City, ya’ll.) for the 7th Annual WSI.

Taking shorter showers, but still getting just as clean,


Jennifer Carlile

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