Washington State’s water-supply grid is under severe stress, and the water-efficiency industry is pushing the state to install a water-collection system that would allow the state’s water system to meet its growing demands.
The proposal, which is in its early stages of development, would install the system in some areas and in others only.
The system would collect rainwater from reservoirs and send it through a pipe to a pipe that would collect a smaller amount of rainwater.
It would also provide an “aerogel” treatment system that can filter pollutants that might otherwise enter the system, said Mike Dolan, the president and CEO of the Washington State Water Authority, which oversees the water supply system.
The state’s current system uses about 1,000 gallons of water per day.
The agency plans to build a new, smaller system that could operate at a fraction of that, Dolan said.
The idea was first proposed in 2005 by the American Water Works Association.
In an emailed statement, a spokesman for the association said the association’s goal is to help meet Washington State residents’ water-use needs.
He said the new system could be installed by 2020.
He did not provide an estimate for the cost of the project.
The Washington Water Board says the water system’s water supply has been declining for years and has had no recent major issues.
But in December, the board approved the addition of the new water-collecting system, according to the Washington Water Department.
The board’s water director, Joe Condon, said the system is intended to be used in parts of the state where water supply is short.
“This is just the first step in a process of improving the efficiency of the system,” he said.
Water board spokesman Steve Cramer said the agency has already installed a similar system in parts.
The water-management system, known as a “aerosol” treatment, is designed to filter out contaminants and pathogens from water, said Steve Dolan.
“It’s a water filter that removes contaminants from the water in order to meet the requirements of our customers and reduce our water footprint,” he told the Seattle Times.
Dolan added that the technology could be used to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost in the future.
He also noted that the Washington state system has been operating since at least the 1950s.
The association said it would study the proposal and “consider further options in the years ahead.”
Dolan also said the project would not affect water conservation, but would be a boon to farmers and other businesses that rely on water from rivers and streams.
He noted that water-efficient farming could result in fewer leaks and increased water supplies to consumers.
“We would encourage farmers to take advantage of this technology,” Dolan told the Times.
“But this is not going to be a silver bullet.
We have to figure out how to get the water into our crops and our people’s drinking water.”