Who Else Wants To Save Energy?

By now we’re all pretty well programmed to conserve electricity. Turn off the lights, unplug appliances, don’t leave the refrigerator door open, etc. But we’re missing a really important point: the energy-water connection. Almost one fifth of California’s energy is used to move water.  Water conservation and water management are becoming vital to energy conservation.   Nearly 75%  of the state’s rainfall occurs in Northern California, while  75% of the agricultural and urban water use… Read more »


The Key To Water Management

Inspect what you expect

We have all heard the term, “Inspect what you expect.”  Measurement of performance is one of the quickest ways to inspire change.  The water management industry could benefit from real time water use data to measure and report the amount of water used on a daily basis. The non-profit group Charity Water (www.charitywater.org) focused on a project done at Teague, a manufacturing firm. Teague measured the amount of… Read more »


Toxic Cocktail? No thanks, I’ll Pass

Five ways you can help reduce water pollution.

We finally reached the rainy season in Southern California and I was explaining to a friend how the Surfrider Foundation recommends people never swim or surf after a rain because of illnesses caused by water pollution.  I went on to say the runoff from urban areas and leaking sewer pipes makes it easy to get sick after going in the water. … Read more »


Toxic Cocktail? No thanks, I'll Pass

Five ways you can help reduce water pollution.

We finally reached the rainy season in Southern California and I was explaining to a friend how the Surfrider Foundation recommends people never swim or surf after a rain because of illnesses caused by water pollution.  I went on to say the runoff from urban areas and leaking sewer pipes makes it easy to get sick after going in the water. … Read more »


How To Make A Difference – The Top 10 Posts from 2012

In the last 12 months Valleycresttakeson.com had over 41,000 page views.  A clear sign more people are finding water interesting, or at least pricing and the potential of water shortages are attracting their interest.   Water management and water conservation continue to gain popularity. Domestically, the states with the most readers are California, Texas and Florida, followed by Georgia, Arizona and Colorado.  New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Virginia round out  the top 10 states. … Read more »


Stocks and Water One Year Later

As I write this post I wonder, will December bring us a Santa Claus rally in the stock market or will we drive off a fiscal cliff?   Well the good news is we are going to know in less than a month.  Almost a year ago I wrote our supply of water is limited, but as long as we demand to water our lawns at noon or have lawns in sweltering climates, increased demand should… Read more »


Social Media — Don’t get left behind

In Socialnomics Erik Qualman tells us we don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it.  He also tells us the ROI of social media is your business will still exist in five years.  LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and blogs are making tremendous impacts on the water industry and business in general. Next month the WaterSmart conference is taking place in Las Vegas and we are there… Read more »