I have observed many government office building owners or landlords that use water to flush dirt off their sidewalks and driveways. I suggest sweeping up the dirt and placing it in an area that could use more soil. This could help protect our waterways and conserve clean water for its intended use. Go green.
I would like to expound on the idea of using canal water turbines by the Bureau. While it is true that the canals are in use for approximately six months out of the year, the benefits should be reconsidered. 1) Canal water turbines will run 24 hours a day generating electricity. They are not dependent on sunlight, just water, so a cloudy day will not hinder production of electricity. 2) Electricity generated during... more »
When designing new government buildings, make the roof out of solar panels with no underlying roof. Doubling the roofing doubles the materials and labor costs while adding unnecessary weight. If the roof is an integrated solar panel, you would not need to have a roof underneath. the solar panels could either be for electricity or for hot water. Additionally, designing the solar collector to also manage rainwater into... more »
We can use the device in U.S. Patent No. 4,936,961 to make hydrogen on-demand from water. The benefit is that 1) the fuel is plain water (no electrolytes added), 2) it eliminates the need for heavy, expensive hydrogen storage tanks, 3) it uses very little electrical current, 4) Device was featured in Part III of the 1998 BBC documentary “It Runs on Water” with Arthur C. Clarke.
Similar to Energy Star, WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program developed by EPA that seeks to promote water efficiency and conservation through increasing the market for water-efficient products with demonstrated exceptional performance, while also encouraging innovative marketing low water-use practices. Also like Energy Star, WaterSense allows products that are tested and proven to meet EPA specifications to... more »
Prisoners should have to work off their incarceration expenses: room and board, meals, clothing/laundry, electricity, heating/cooling, water for showers, waste disposal costs, health care, etc. No more free rides for having broken the law. In addition, hourly work load is based on a system that considers several factors: criminal record (each subsequent incarceration results in more work hours,) degree of crime committed... more »
The gov't should be leading the way with alternative energy. It is time to mandate that all federal facilities develop a plan to run at 50% on alternative energy. Alternative energy is available through windmills, water generators, solar power and synthetic fuels. By forcing federal facilities to move to alternative energy, it reduces costs to the taxpayers and same valuable resources. I would much prefer to see a... more »
The Department of Defense should lead water conservation efforts by implementing water collection methods and recycling on its facilities, ships, etc...For example ships undergo inclement weather at sea instead of allowing rain to go down the rain, a collection method or apparatus should be installed to redirect or harness this wasted blessing.
Use water filters ("UV filters" as an example) in every government building/residence. That will eliminate the need to buy bottles of water from companies. This will save money and help the environment by eliminating plastic waste.
Also, use solar panels for the hot water system in each building/residence. That will decrease the fuel/energy consumption and help the environment as well.
There are low flow toilets available to reduce water usage. The toilet has a dual flush system depending on the water needed.
Urinals that use no water are also available in many areas to help reduce water usage.
Generally speaking, watering lawns early in the morning is better than during midday. Watering during the day keeps a lot of water from ever making it into the ground, due to evaporation. By watering early in the morning, before it gets warm (especially in the south, like at Johnson Space Center), you end up using far less water for the same effect; this reduces costs and drains on local resources, makes government... more »
Reduce lawn areas in drier regions, replace with native vegetation. Lawn 2.35 c.f. per square foot Other Landscaping 1.0 c.f. per square foot [figures from www.cornerstonesmud.com/id46.htm] Reduce water use, and lawnmower use, and chemicals (fertilizers, grass feed, broad-leaf herbicides, etc.) that are petroleum-based, and undesirable in groundwater and surface water runoff. There is a potential big savings in water... more »
Replace standard urinals with waterless urinals, either as the old ones need replacing, or proactively (if there is an environmentally reasonable way to dispose of existing urinals). Environmental savings is more important than dollar savings, as water generally is not charged at real value but is artificially low. It is foolish to use drinking-water-grade water in our toilets. Plus, it adds that much more volume into... more »
My suggestion is to create a small ecocycle for federal buildings with onsite food services. New food services contracts could include onsite production of produce, either on the grounds of the facility or on facility green roofs. This would turn water sucking lawns and bushes into food producing plants and herbs. Food is harvested by contractor and used in daily menus. Garden and vegetable waste is then composted to... more »
Summary: Navajo Area Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction (DSFC) can better share maps and other information about how homes are served with water and sanitation facilities with the Navajo government and public. This will enable Navajo communities to plan new development that is cheaper and easier to serve. This will save money, reduce environmental impact, and provide running water and sanitation to more... more »