by Dan Carney
MMWD’s water conservation programs are taking a new turn with two new pilot programs. Both programs involve partnering with community-based organizations, allowing MMWD to take advantage of their strong local connections.
Many people want to learn more about harvesting rainwater at home to use for irrigation, an interest prompted in large part by the three-year statewide drought. Will that help reduce demand on district reservoirs? If so, can we rely on that demand reduction to continue? In order to take a look at those and other questions, we are piloting a new rainwater harvesting program with SPAWN (Salmon Protection and Watershed Network). The program involves implementing an array of rainwater harvesting projects at residential, commercial and public sites to demonstrate rainwater harvesting best practices. It will also include extensive public outreach to help others replicate these projects at their own homes or businesses.
The other new conservation program is a communitywide outreach effort in cooperation with Sustainable Fairfax. Sustainable Fairfax will be MMWD’s “in the trenches” partners, working to reach the largest possible number of MMWD customers in Fairfax with water conservation information. The idea is to focus intensively on one community to increase water conservation to see if that is an effective way to achieve long-term water savings.
Both programs will launch this winter and continue through fall 2010.