WATER RESOURCES; Conservation's Role

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WATER RESOURCES; Conservation's Role


Aggressive conservation is the key to our water resource issues.

With water, it makes more sense to save a gallon of water than to pay the price of losing precious water resources.

With energy, we have already experienced what scarce supplies can do to the price of gas.

The same sort of discussions are taking place with water across the state of Florida.

Three speakers brought to Jacksonville by the Urban Land Institute visited the Times-Union to share their perspectives.

Steve Seibert is former secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs and a veteran of the Tampa Bay water wars.

Cynthia Barnett is author of Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.

Wendy Graham is director of the University of Florida's Water Institute.

All of them agreed that there is so much waste of water, we are in the easy state of reducing water use.

Through more efficient toilets and fixtures and wiser irrigation measures, significant reductions of water can be achieved. …

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