Over the next forty years, the global population is expected to increase from 6 billion to an estimated 9 billion, yet the world’s water supply is constant. Only 3 percent of the global water supply is fresh; the majority of it is locked in ice or stored deep in the earth, making its extraction very expensive. The remaining 97 percent is found in the oceans and is too salty for human consumption, irrigation, and industrial uses. Water from the oceans can be processed; however, desalination is an energy-intensive practice.
In this course we will explore site strategies for reducing water waste and recharging groundwater supplies.
Sustainable Development & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:
• Identify the reasons for fresh water shortages
• Discuss the different uses of water in our daily lives.
• Identify strategies used to minimize the use of potable water and recharge groundwater
• Discuss strategies used for stormwater catchment and reuse
• Discuss proper vegetation selection in order to reduce water requirements and protect a site from drought conditions, such as avoiding bare soils, restoration and maintenance of soil organic matter content, and recharging of groundwater supplies
• List proper irrigation practices and alternative water sources used such as rainwater and air-conditioner condensate
Heather L. Venhaus