The unintended consequences of conserving water

State water agencies say the unprecedented savings – 31% in July over July 2013 – are causing or compounding a slew of problems.

Leaky pipes, less revenue and bad odors are a few of the unintended consequences of fighting the California drought, according to a Los Angeles Times article.

“Shorter showers, more efficient toilets and other reductions in indoor water usage have meant less wastewater flowing through sewer pipes, sanitation officials say.,” reports Matt Stevens. “With less flow to flush the solids down the system, those solids are collecting and can eventually damage pipes.”

More details here.

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