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Water Stewardship Principles


-          Water drawn from stream and river sources should be used in ways that, at minimum, do not diminish and, ideally, increase downstream water quality.

-          Strategies for achieving a sustainable water supply should expressly incorporate as features a reliance on natural water system dynamics to control flooding, support wildlife diversity, and promote water quality.

-          Water collection and storage systems should be enhanced to take effective advantage of seasonal variations in rainfall and snowmelt.

-          Waste processing systems should be augmented and/or redesigned to maximize gray water reuse.

-          Wells drawing from unconfined, renewable groundwater aquifers, if unsafe, should be retrofitted, where feasible, to enable draws of potable water from renewable groundwater resources whenever feasible.

-          When a groundwater well is found unsafe and cannot be retrofitted to produce safe water, a new location for a well drawing safely from an unconfined aquifer should be a priority.

-          Draws of water from confined aquifers should be reduced so as not to exceed the respective aquifers’ rates of recharge.

-          The environmental impacts of systems to produce fresh water by alternative means, e.g., desalination, should be expressly considered in determining their locations and suitability.

-          The impacts of other technologies on the sustainability of water supply should be expressly considered in evaluating their merits, e.g., energy production, agricultural waste processing and recycling, choices and uses of fertilizers, irrigation, city planning, building design, recycling of industrial products and consumer goods, etc.