Spray Foam Insulation Sought for Louisiana Water Problems
The State of Louisiana has been facing problems with fresh water since the beginning of the last decade. Applying water-conscious preventive measures including spray foam insulation has never been this timely.
Back in 2001, a U.S. Geological Survey found the water-rich but policy lacking state facing the onset of water shortages, with the public, irrigation system and industrial companies draining the soil for water. Louisiana did not have any laws governing its water resources. Also only a few buildings and households have had energy saving measures and spray foam insulation treatments.
The population has relied heavily on aquifers because of a nagging saltwater intrusion problem, which is not exclusive to Louisiana. The fears became a reality in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the region and exposed the State’s vulnerability.
Since then the state has passed several bills on water resources and strengthened its environmental policy. At present, every individual and household still needs to fully exert contributions in solving this and related environmental problems. One such act is to ensure more buildings and houses adapt energy-saving solutions such as spray foam insulation and energy auditing.
Another problem is the receding of the Louisiana coastlines especially after Katrina. The state’s agriculture industry has faced production woes brought on by extreme heat, drought and increased salinity in irrigation water supplies. Louisiana agriculture officials reached out to the USDA and the United States Corps of Engineers to come up with long-term solutions.
For Louisiana citizens, small acts can bring a huge impact. About 36 states are projected to have water woes by 2013. More than ever Americans need preserve the value of fresh potable water.
A few simple water-conscious measures can be done in habit and eventually prevent a nationwide water crisis.
Every citizen, especially Louisiana, should check their toilets, bathroom, sinks and plumbing for leaks. An estimated 100 gallons a week are lost due to a single leaking toilet. Washing machines and dishwashers should be inspected for stains or drips. Water meters should be check by the hour whether it keeps running even when water is not being used.
Every household should also use water-efficient fixtures. Investing in quality faucets, showers, and toilets can save many from serious water troubles. These models still deliver the same function but use less water.
When it comes to drinking water, it’s best to drink sustainably. Instead of running the tap, water dispenser, or opening the fridge, one should keep a bottle of water (from the tap, instead of expensive bottled brands) at home, at work, at the gym during water breaks. You prevent dehydration while also not wasting drinking water by keeping a bottle always at hand.
Households also need to insulate pipes to counter water loss caused by burst piping. Pipes running in unheated spaces such as garages, crawlspaces and basement should be checked for possible insulation. Fiberglass and foam insulation sleeves can be used for water pipes and are available in hardware stores.
And undoubtedly one the most effective means to save on utility bills such as electricity and water is applying spray foam insulation treatment in the house. A well-insulated house, protected from molds, moisture, and air leaks, is a house that can keep its water source safe and intact.
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