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Are we running dry?

A new documentary on water shortages in the U.S. will be screened on PBS early next month. *The American Southwest: are we running dry?* highlights the shortages in fresh water supplies to over 30 million Americans and investigates possible solutions to the problem.

Watch the trailer here.

High among the solutions is that old standby, conservation. Transport, storage and heating of water are all major energy suckers. We have noted on this blog before now that up to 30% of the carbon footprint of a southern California home is made up of energy used to transport water.

We’re increasing the range of water conservation products available through the TerraPass Green Store. Through out new partnership with Greenfeet.com we’re now offering an expanded selection of products including low-flow showerheads and shower timers.

And if you’re interested in a more academic (but still engaging!) approach to water scarcity issues, be sure to check out David Zetland’s Aguanomics. Zetland is a big proponent of better management of water property rights, a topic analogous in some ways to carbon credits.

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