We give water careful attention in the development of our 7-Gen Communities.
Some choices are obvious and simple: water-saving showers, low-flow toilets, water-efficient laundry units. Some low-tech innovations can also help conserve water usage. For example, aerating the stream from a shower creates fuller jets while using only a fraction of the water. We model options for everyday water usage to optimize efficiency.
As with other principles, we have a palette of options. The typical urban habit of hard-landscaping watercourses tends to accelerate runoff from rainfall events. Where it fits — restoration of watercourses, allowing for more infiltration and less rapid runoff has benefits for wildlife and greater potential for enjoyable parklike spaces for walking, cycling, and enjoying nature.