Water Efficiency at the U.S. Air Force Academy

Under Executive Order 13423, which was signed in 2007, all federal agencies are required to improve water efficiency by 16 percent by the end of 2015. The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado serves as an example of what can be accomplished. Their facilities have reduced water consumption by 36 percent since 2000, and were projected to further reduce usage by 41 percent by the end of 2007. They have implemented a comprehensive set of best management practices such as processing wastewater for reuse for irrigation, using water efficient landscaping, installing water efficient bathroom fixtures, and educating their members about water efficiency. They are focusing on best management practices that have a simple payback of 10 years or less, and they are active in the local utility's 5-year conservation plan.

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