Water Conservation: Earth Day Interview with the Nature Conservancy


The Professor frequently writes about the importance of saving water at home, so it was a real treat to interview Brian Richter, Director of the Global Freshwater Program at the Nature Conservancy. Segments of video from the interview will be posted over the course of this week, but the first two clips are already online for your viewing pleasure. In these clips, Brian talks about why water conservation is such an urgent and important issue, and about the challenges we face as the earth’s population continues to increase while groundwater levels drop.

Earth Day is on Friday, so why not celebrate by incorporating new ways to conserve water into your routine? From installing water efficient products to trying out new water saving tips around your house, a few small steps can do a world of good.

Update 4/22: Part 2 is now up. Click here to view it.

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Very informative,thankyou.

Arnaldo Rodriguez,PE
July 14th, 2011 at 9:37 am

To say that we are going to run out of fresh water is an insult to human progress. With the new technology of desllination we have know enough wter to irrigate the Sahara desert. This idea of saving water comes from communist goverment that cannot produce enough of any thing and have to ration them. Raitioning water in order to control people, please no.

Professor Toilet
July 15th, 2011 at 7:38 am

Whoa, there partner, ease up a bit! We’re promoting toilets that actually work better than older water users, which we call progress. Desalination seems to have some promise, although the infrastructure and energy requirements to meet the world’s clean drinking water needs will be fairly intense. http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/desalitech-reduces-costs-of-desalination/. The Professor agrees that no one should have sacrifice a good flush or a strong shower, which is why we do the engineering work we do.

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