Water Conservation Planning

One of the first steps when starting a water conservation program is developing a water conservation plan. A number of conservation planning guidance documents are available to assist in the process. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) M52 Water Conservation Programs - A Planning Manual  offers a detailed description of the planning process, and identifies 10 needed water conservation planning steps:

  1. Review detailed demand forecast
  2. Review existing water system profile and descriptions of planned facilities
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of existing conservation measures
  4. Define conservation potential
  5. Identify conservation measures
  6. Determine feasible measures
  7. Perform benefit-cost evaluations
  8. Select and package conservation measures
  9. Combine overall estimated savings
  10. Optimize demand forecasts