Water Technologies in Perspective

Technology Development

The efficiency of most domestic water conservation technologies is improving constantly. Some products—such as composting toilets, waterless urinals, and horizontal-axis washers—are relative newcomers to mass U.S. markets,though they have been purchased here in limited quantities for several years. All these technologies can help to conserve water unless they are installed or used incorrectly. Nearly all are available in models that meet local and national standards for water and energy efficiency.

Technology Outlook

We can expect these and other water related technologies to make a much greater contribution to conservation efforts in the future, as water management begins to have greater priority in our nation. Water rates will probablycontinue to climb as prices come closer to reflecting the real value of water, and users will continue to find ways to use water more efficiently.