As population and consumption levels continue to increase against a fixed supply of renewable fresh water, creative new ways of sustaining this resource must be explored. Particularly in the Pacific Northwest, climatic variability and increasing water demands are creating a situation that is forcing water resource managers to critically examine the sustainability of current water usage. The drought-like summer conditions of 2002 forced the City of Bellingham Public Works into distributing the majority of all legally available freshwater from the Lake Whatcom reservoir, yet there are no financial-based incentives encouraging Bellingham residents to decrease their water consumption. The price of water remains low due to flat-rate single-family residential fees subsidizing the metered cost of business usage. However, the cost of water is rising as freshwater ecosystems become stressed under increasing populations.
Cook, Kerri and Heinritz, Alasia, "Urban Hydrologic Design: Water Balance Analysis, Conservation Techniques, and Feasibility Study of Rainwater Harvesting at Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, Washington" (2003). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 268.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Urban hydrology--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Water conservation--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Water harvesting--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Water balace (Hydrlogy)--Washington (State)--Bellingham
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Boundary Bay Brewery (Bellingham, Wash.)
student projects; term papers
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