As the global population continues to grow, so do the challenges of scaling our water systems. Our increase in the use of fresh water resources is quickly outstripping our ability to channel the amount of fresh water we need, where we need it, when we want it. Sound like a design problem? It is. (And it is not just about selecting low-flow water fixtures.) We need to start looking for leftovers that currently exist on pretty much every project and better understand water re-use design strategies.
Designing with water involves getting over the yuck factor when we use terms like gray or black water or recycled water. Every drop of water you have ever consumed, bathed with or purchased in a shiny plastic bottle at the grocery store has been recycled, many times before. Large-scale municipal and commercial water re-use systems have been in operation around the world for decades. We have the tools and technology to address the reality of water scarcity that many regions of our planet, including my own home in California, are beginning to appreciate why water truly is such a precious resource.
If you would like to learn more about what architects need to know about water use and reuse, download an article I published in the January 2014 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. If you read this article and take the 10-question quiz at Hanley Wood University, you can earn 1 hour of AIA LU/HSE Continuing Education Credit. This is a great time to start learning what you and your firm can do to begin to design with water in mind.
Download article: The Future of Designing (with) Water
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