The Water Division of Richmond, Kentucky is devoted to preserving water resources and cutting down on water loss. To this end, they collaborate with federal, state, and local agencies to help landowners apply best management practices that protect the soil and water resources of the state. Moreover, water efficiency leads to less runoff in lakes and rivers and to less energy use in water supply and treatment, creating a sustainable environment for the future. The Conservation Division works with Area Development Districts (ADDs) and local government units to plan for freshwater resource management.
They also organize conservation districts to help landowners and users solve soil and water resource problems, set priorities for conservation tasks, and coordinate federal, state, and local resources. In Mexico, increasing water prices have encouraged the reuse of wastewater and the recycling of cooling water. The three arrows that intertwine in the symbol of recyclable materials represent the three forms of resource conservation: reduction of waste, reuse, and recycling. To guarantee the greatest possible availability of fresh water during periods of below-average rainfall, many communities need drought management plans.
Water-saving accessories such as toilet tank inserts, faucet aerators, and low-flow shower heads can create substantial water savings without significantly changing the operation of the systems in which they are placed. In Brazil, the pharmaceutical, food processing, and dairy industries have been required to pay fees for effluents which has helped reduce water use and wastewater production by between 42% and 62%. The Conservation Division also runs the Jim Claypool art and conservation writing competitions for students since 1974 and 1944 respectively. Factories have started to recycle the water used in their rinsing processes after clarification.
They have also installed closed-circuit cooling towers which has resulted in an additional reduction in water use. In some cases, water utility employees can install and maintain these systems at low or no cost to achieve desired water savings. In the case of artesian wells, rusted shells can spill water in a constant flow into drainage ditches causing evaporative losses or runoff losses.