VISTA, CALIF. — A survey of facility managers indicates that while most — 62% — believe the cost for water will go up moderately in their communities in years to come, less than 30% said costs should go up to encourage conservation and more efficient water use.
Additionally, less than half supported mandatory restrictions on water use to encourage water conservation.
The survey was conducted for Waterless Co., manufacturers of no-water urinal systems and other restroom products, during the first two weeks of January 2013.
E-mail invitations to participate in the online survey were sent to facility managers located in the United States. One hundred and two managers participated in the survey. This was not a scientific survey; it is for informational purposes only. All percentages are rounded up, and do not necessarily equal 100.
Among the other findings, nearly 34% of those surveyed believed their states should put restrictions on new housing developments if their states are experiencing a water shortage.
Approximately 28% said “some restrictions” should be considered in such situations, but the largest number — nearly 40% — opposed any building development restrictions whatsoever.
“While it does not appear these [facility] managers are willing to pay more for water, nor do they want restrictions on development, they are taking steps to reduce water consumption on their own,” said Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co.
“For instance, nearly 67% said they have installed fixtures in restrooms in both their homes and the facilities they manage that use less water or none at all.”