Posted: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
THREE WAYS THIS MATTERS TO YOU
1. Abundant local water sources keep costs down for customers
“I think that the cost increases if you have to transport large volumes of water across regional areas, and because our well infrastructure and the plant infrastructure is so close to the source, the cost stays down,” said Tim McLelland, manager of the Hamilton to New Baltimore Area Ground Water Consortium.
2. New water technologies will also impact the cost of individual and industrial water use, said Melinda Kruyer, executive director of Confluence Water Technology Innovation Cluster.
3. Economic development efforts to attract new businesses because of our local water resources, and to grow local businesses related to water, create new job opportunities.
THE BIGGEST WATER USERS
The following organizations pump the most water daily from the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer in Butler County:
1. Greater Cincinnati Water Works: approximately 16 million gallons a day
Single biggest customer: wholesale — Boone Florence Water Commission; retail — University of Cincinnati
*Water Works gets 12 percent of water from the aquifer, and the rest from the Ohio River
2. City of Hamilton Public Works Department: approximately 16 million gallons a day
Single biggest customer: wholesale — Butler County
3. Middletown Department of Public Works & Utilities: approximately 9 million gallons a day
4. Fairfield Department of Public Utilities: approximately 5.2 million gallons a day
Single biggest customer: Koch Foods
5. Southwest Regional Water District: approximately 3.5 million gallons a day
Single biggest customer: Hueston Woods Lodge & Conference Center
6. MillerCoors Trenton Brewery: 2.5 to 3 million gallons a day
7. Oxford: approximately 2.3 million gallons a day
8. Trenton: approximately 1.2 million gallons a day
SOURCES: Local government officials
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