Water is quickly becoming an extremely valuable and diminishing commodity. With the world’s population rapidly increasing, Metropolitan is well prepared to provide various marketplaces with the necessary resources when it comes to providing alternate ways of helping to supply treated water to meet these growing needs.
AquaHarvest Technologies, a product line developed by Metropolitan, specializes in the design and manufacturing of large scale integrated water harvesting systems for every type of commercial, industrial, landscaping and municipal application. We have developed the capability to design and deliver single source integrated water reuse systems to capture and treat water, which would otherwise be wasted.
Although water harvesting has not yet had a huge impact in the upper Midwest, states in the southwestern area of the U. S. such as Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah have started offering incentives to businesses that install water conservation systems.
States in the Southwest have created an increasing demand for new sources of fresh water due to rapid population growth in these arid environments. New Mexico has established a ‘Drought Task Force’ to ensure preparedness for future water tragedies. In Santa Fe, all commercial developments are required to collect roof drainage for landscape irrigation. Tucson, Ariz. has passed a municipal ordinance which requires all new commercial developments to supplement at least 50 percent of the water for their landscape irrigation through the use of a rainwater harvesting system. This legislation further stipulates that the rainwater portion must be increased to 75 percent within three years of legal occupancy.
“I foresee that this type of legislation will quickly become commonplace, as ever-increasing populations continue to grow in the Southwest U. S and other regions,” stated Brendan Bates, who has been instrumental in developing the AquaHarvest Technologies concept, “I envision that desperate times are looming just over the horizon for the drier areas of the country.”
Metropolitan is preparing for this eventuality, as well as many other regional water-scarcity scenarios. We will be well prepared to fulfill the demand for large and complex water reuse systems of all types.
Another excellent example of this looming dilemma is Lake Mead, created by the construction of the Hoover Dam back in the 1930s, which has recently been faced with a huge water level decrease. Lake Mead is the main potable water source for the Las Vegas area of Southern Nevada, Western Arizona and Southern California. A decrease in snowfall in the Rocky Mountains and Colorado River Basin, which feeds Lake Mead, has created a seven-year drought.
The booming population growth and decrease in snowfall has caused a 100-foot drop in the lake’s water level. The situation is becoming more desperate with each passing snow season. Last month, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has declared this an official State-of-Emergency.
In California, the lack of rain due to an intense drought has severely impacted the state’s water supply. As the adverse affects of climate change continue, such severe droughts are expected to become more common.
As concerns about the global supply of fresh water continues to grow, speculation persists that future conflicts may arise over access to clean water. AquaHarvest Technologies is looking to use its expertise in the water industry and increase the use of practical and cost effective solutions to every large scale water-wasting situation, expanding the knowledge of reusing the water that would typically go to waste.
Massive facilities such as sports stadiums, manufacturing facilities, and college campuses have potentially enormous sources of water. The water can be harvested, treated and reused, replacing costly and often precious, limited potable water sources.
It’s extremely important to point out that rainwater isn’t the only source of water which can be captured and reused. AquaHarvest Technologies is determined to alert the industries we serve to all of the sources of wasted water which can be treated and reused, from mechanical drainage, to subsoil drainage, to process wastewater. Regardless of the source, if the wasted water can be captured and treated for reuse, AquaHarvest Technologies is prepared to tackle the challenge.