The following transcript is from our summer, 2008 water series with Mike Barber and Glenn Mosley.
This is Sueann Ramella with "Our Northwest Water," a series of conversations on-air and online about water conservation in the Northwest.
Today, we continue our conversation about the importance of water to the Pacific Northwest ecosystem by focusing on how the region is using its water and how we might conserve this valuable resource. Correspondent Glenn Mosley spoke with Michael Barber, Director of the State of Washington Water Research Center at WSU.
Mike, how much water are people using?
I think that's one of the things that we were talking about in terms of getting people to understand where their water comes from, what they are doing with their water, Because its very variable. You have places like Seattle where people use on average maybe 100 gallons per person per day or less, verses places like Spokane, that in the summer time, the demand may approach 300 gallons per person per day.
Wherever people are, though, there are things they can do, aren't there, in terms of conservation?
Oh certainly. If you think about it, we all are guilty in some respects of not using the water as wisely as we could.