The Hidden Links Between Saving Water and Saving Energy

Picture: fredmosc , License: CC0 Public Domain The water used by our buildings and industries, measured at the water meter, is generally only a fraction of the total water consumed, if you look at how energy is produced. Additionally, 16% of energy use is consumed by water supply. Sustainability is served by reducing both at once. Written by: Tom Marseille, Senior Vice President of WSP (left). Sustainability metrics typically focus on energy and water independently. This is reflected in standardized metrics like energy use intensity (EUI) and the lesser used water use intensity (WUI). But, in practice, water and energy use are interlinked in intricate and often overlooked ways, particularly when we consider source energy and source water rather than just consumption measured at a building site. Upon investigation, it quickly becomes apparent that it takes energy to collect...

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