The WRRC is celebrating “Imagine a Day Without Water” on Thursday, October 21, with a special webinar featuring a 19-minute video on global water issues followed by a panel of emerging leaders in water and environmental management and policy.
APS Sustainable Water Strategies and Practices
Henry Day, Water Policy and Strategy Consultant, Arizona Public Service Company
On Thursday, October 7, the WRRC hosted Henry Day, water policy and strategy consultant at the Arizona Public Service Company (APS), for a Brown Bag Webinar. In his presentation titled “APS Sustainable Water Strategies and Practices,” Day outlined how the utility is conserving water while transitioning to meet the goal of providing 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. The presentation began with an overview of APS as Arizona’s largest electric utility and described the importance of sustainable water practices at APS and in Arizona. Within the context of drought and the Colorado River shortage declaration, Day discussed APS’ historical and continued focus on water conservation. He described the Palo Verde generation station as the world’s only nuclear powerplant that is 100% reliant on treated effluent for cooling, and detailed the utility’s efforts to reduce the use of non-renewable groundwater. The presentation ended with a summary of the projected impacts of the APS Clean Energy Commitment on water consumption. Day then engaged in a moderated discussion, answering many excellent audience questions.
Henry Day currently serves as Arizona Public Service Company's Water Policy and Strategy Consultant, engaging with water professionals in regional and statewide planning. He serves as Chairman of the Desalination Committee of the Governor's Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council and on the Water Resources Research Center’s External Advisory Committee, and Kyl Center for Water Policy Steering Committee. He received an MS in Aquatic Biology from Southwest Texas State University and has over 40 years of experience in the water, reclaimed water, and power industries.
Imagine a Day Without Water: Emerging Leaders Panel
Brown Bag Webinar: The Case for Better Planning
Quite often events described as “Black Swans” are really not quite that. They are more like grey swans—almost black, but not quite. In other words, there are some hugely important events in life that are disproportionate in their effects but not entirely foreseeable.
There are at least three water-related examples that come to mind; events in Arizona that were almost Black Swan events, and the moral to the story in each case seems to be that we can always do a better job of planning and should try to do so.
After the Fire Public Meeting
This year, the Telegraph and Mescal Fires impacted hundreds of lives and charred over 250,000 acres of land in central Arizona. On October 29 and 30, the public is invited to hear from their natural resource managers and community leaders about the expected short and long-term impacts of the fire on the landscape and watershed.