Learn about an effort to reduce unnecessary water waste and how you can take easy steps to save water at June 22 meeting of the USGBC-Georgia Savannah Branch. Tommy Linstroth, Principal of Trident Sustainability Group, will speak about The Rehydrate US Initiative, which he founded. Linstroth is a nationally recognized sustainability consultant and author.
The Rehydrate US Initiative is a non-partisan and independent organization established to address the unnecessary waste of water in our built environment and in response to the historic drought affecting
the Southeast in 2008, threatening water supply to millions of citizens.
The goal of the Rehydrate US Initiative is to reduce water consumption in buildings by 1 BILLION gallons per day by 2015, which can be accomplished by three simple, affordable solutions: replace standard toilets, showerheads, and faucet aerators with high efficiency versions, available in the market versions.
“In the US, we use 3700 BILLION gallons of water every year that is not replaced, leaving us in a huge water deficit – a result of growing demand on our finite water supplies,” Linstroth said. “In fact, at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional or statewide water shortages within the next 5 years.”
While buildings are only responsible for 20 percent of water use in the U.S., we have the ability to rapidly and effectively increase the water efficiency of our buildings overnight – an opportunity not readily available in other sectors.