Palouse Basin Water Summit workgroups

  • What levels of conservation can be accepted? (eg. Brown lawns)
  • How can we fund expansion of treated effluent and/or gray-water reuse and systems?
  • Do rebates work? Are they cost effective? Conservation effective?
  • How much longer can we continue to hold pumping constant through conservation?
  • What is the maximum acceptable level of conservation without significantly degrading quality of life?
  • What is the cost of "maximizing" conservation? (city of Moscow has some data on this)
  • What is included under conservation? Is recycling effluent included?
  • What about use of roof catchments and cisterns?
  • What about expanding the use of retention basins that act as recharge basins?
  • Specific conservation practices that need expansion-
    • Rebates to increase use of water efficient appliances and low flow toilets
    • Increase tiered rates
    • Make gray water systems more feasible
    • Expand demo homes/plots for catchments, xeriscaping etc.
    • Continue public education and support conservation
  • Expand use of WWTP effluent as a substitute for irrigation
  • Encourage use of WWTP effluent for industrial water needs
  • Encourage use of WWTP effluent for recharge
  • Need to increase conservation more. Alter water rate structure even more to encourage conservation. Upgrade water systems to eliminate leaks, inefficiencies, etc. Encourage conversion of efficiency in residences
  • Expand use of WWTP effluent for construction water
2006 Palouse Water Summit
Flip Chart Notes from the Individual Work Group Sessions
Recorded on 10/03/06