WaterSense Releases Draft Specification for Flushometer Valve Toilets

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA estimates about 28%, or 7.6 million, of flushometer valve toilets installed across the country flush at volumes higher than the federal standard

To help commercial, institutional and industrial facilities save water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program released a draft specification for water-efficient flushometer valve toilets.

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December 19, 2014

AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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American Water Works Assn.
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AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking

Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

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December 18, 2014

Rentricity Completes In-Pipe Hydro Project in Canada

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Rentricity Inc.
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Company's first NSF-certified system will generate 32 kW of clean energy in city water infrastructure

Rentricity Inc. completed its first project in Nova Scotia, Canada, for Halifax Water.

The project included the deployment of its award-winning technology that efficiently recovers energy while managing pressure in water infrastructure, and is the first installation to include NSF/ANSI Standard 61-certified equipment. The Flow-to-Wire system captures excess pressure and flow within city or industrial gravity-fed water pipeline, converting it into clean energy for the electric grid or the customer's onsite facility use.

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November 20, 2014

National Water Use at Lowest Levels in 45 Years

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Numbers show positive trends in conservation

Water use across the country has reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gal per day (gpd) were withdrawn for use in the entire U.S. during 2010.

This represents a 13% reduction in water use from 2005, when about 410 billion gpd were withdrawn, and the lowest level since before 1970.

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November 5, 2014
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National Water Use at Lowest Levels in 45 Years

Less Waste, More Green

Leading the national tourism average with double-digit growth in occupancy rates, the summer of 2014 was a particularly good one for hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area. The increase in demand for visitor accommodations came in the midst of an unprecedented drought in California — the worst in decades, with three drier-than-average years so far — and approval of the first statewide rules to punish water wasters. In a unanimous vote earlier this year, the California State Water Resources Control Board approved new restrictions on outdoor water use.

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California hotel saves water with efficient irrigation system

About The Author: 

Kevin Heverin is marketing manager for ETwater. Heverin can be reached at kheverin@etwater.com or 800.438.3400.

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October 29, 2014
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October 29, 2014
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New Research Links Forest Thinning to Water Gains

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The Nature Conservancy
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Fewer trees mean more water in drought areas

Long-term drought and declining snowpack levels are stressing Arizona’s overgrown forests, not only leading to severe fire threat but also changing the water cycle. Now, new research by the Nature Conservancy and Northern Arizona University (NAU) has found that accelerated thinning of Arizona’s overgrown ponderosa pine forest will not only help forest health, but potentially yield more water from the forest to benefit the headwater streams and aquifers in the Salt and Verde river watersheds.

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October 28, 2014

Into the Future

When people find out I am involved with the water treatment industry, there is one topic that almost always comes up: the ongoing drought in California and other states, and what is being done about it.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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July 18, 2014
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July 18, 2014
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Irrigation Assn. Celebrates Smart Irrigation Month

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WaterSense
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IA shares 10 tips to help owners show their water smarts outdoors

The Irrigation Assn. (IA) — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inaugural WaterSense Professional Certifying Organization Partner of the Year — is reminding homeowners to use water wisely while maintaining their lawns during Smart Irrigation Month this July.

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July 10, 2014

Alternative Energy for Reliable RO

Tiny Utrik Atoll is part of the Marshall Islands, a scattered group of atolls in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. On Utrik and neighboring islands, rain catchment traditionally supplied all of the drinking water, while well water was used for washing. Over the past decade, however, rainfall has become unreliable, and during the dry seasons Utrik islanders were forced to drink well water with unsafe salinity levels. 

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RO desalination system provides reliable water supply for remote island

About The Author: 

Clark Beek is technical writer for Spectra Watermakers Inc. Beek can be reached at clark@spectrawatermakers.com or 415.526.2780.

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May 6, 2014
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May 6, 2014
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Chasing Gallons

Nationwide, the U.S. loses 1.7 trillion gal of water each year, which the U.S. Geological Survey estimates is equivalent to 16% of treated water never reaching the tap. This is the direct result of the aging and rapidly deteriorating system of pipe and plants that comprise U.S. water infrastructure.

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Water-efficient fixtures help homes find significant water savings

About The Author: 

Barbara C. Higgens is CEO/executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Higgens can be reached at bhiggens@pmihome.org or 847.481.5500.

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May 6, 2014
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May 6, 2014
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