About 8 percent of global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water, according to solar company Pure Energies. Conversely, energy generation and transmission consume water resources.
Pure Energies has created an infographic for World Water Day, March 22, to promote solar energy as a way to save water.
Pure Energies says that coal power plants consume 100-1,100 gallons of water per MWh – equivalent to 2 Olympic-size swimming pools. While nuclear power plants consume 600-800 gallons of water per MWh, and natural gas power plants consume 20-300 gallons of water per MWh.
A study from the Pacific Institute found that coordinating water and energy efficiency efforts provides a significant opportunity to achieve greater savings for both water and energy.