How to make a ‘better’ water supply for your family
For most families in the Washington region, drinking water is a priority.
But the region also has some of the highest water use per capita in the country.
So, when it comes to finding ways to reduce the region’s water use, some are looking to new ways.
One idea: creating new, better sources of drinking water.
“We’re going to look at what we have now and maybe try to use it for a new source of water,” said Dan Smith, who directs the water system project for the region.
That could mean using a combination of new technology and existing sources, like municipal water systems.
Smith says he’s working with a few water companies to make that happen.
“There are probably a few projects in the pipeline,” he said.
But one of the most promising is to install a system to draw water from Lake Union, an aquifer near the capital.
A $200 million system, called the Great Lakes Water Project, will be built near Washington’s downtown.
The project would take water from the lake, draw it from the surrounding soil, and store it underground for future use.
The water would then be piped into homes and businesses, or used for heating or cooling.
The system would have a backup supply of water from a lake that is also being used to treat wastewater.
“The idea is that it will be a backup source of drinking-water, or a backup water source,” said Tom McBride, a consultant for the project.
The concept is similar to one being developed in the U.S. Midwest.
Called the Great Lake Water Project Project, it will use the same technology to draw drinking water from an aqueduct and store that water underground.
“It’s a similar approach to how we used to store our drinking water,” Smith said.
The lake water would be fed into a water treatment plant.
That plant would then use the water to treat a mixture of soil, plant matter, and plant roots.
The process would take about three years to complete, according to the Great Plains Water Project.
The area’s water would also be pipaged to the Washington city of Olympia, which is under the jurisdiction of the state.
McBride says the Great lake water project is “one of the fastest-moving projects in that region.”
A new project called the North American Water Initiative will be working with several private companies to install new water systems in the region, including one in Washington State.
The group is also working with the National Park Service to improve drinking water supplies in Alaska.
In the future, the group is aiming to install more water systems, to ensure everyone has access to water and water quality monitoring.
“As we see the number of new projects, and the growth in the number, it’s going to be a really interesting, challenging, and exciting time,” McBride said.
And with that, the Great Basin Water Alliance is looking for new ways to keep people in the loop.