The view out my window as I write is white — the snow is falling quickly and heavily, with up to 8 in. expected by the end of the day. Schools are closed and the chatter around the office is whether the commute home will take two hours or three.
Students in Maine fix water leaks and recommend efficiency measures during Fix a Leak Week
The Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) and the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Green Plumbers Training program are teaming up to fix water leaks and recommend efficiency measures during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix a Leak Week March 18 to 24.
WaterSense invites those committed to saving water to submit photos of water-efficient landscapes
WaterSense is showcasing how beautiful, efficient and diverse low water-using landscapes can be. The Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest invites home and business owners, landscape designers, irrigation professionals and anyone else committed to saving water to submit snapshots of landscapes from any time of the year - including past years - that demonstrate how water-smart practices can be both beautiful and efficient. Participation is easy and open to the public, and multiple entries are welcomed.
The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Gold Seal product certification program continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of the industry. This is being accomplished while maintaining quality control procedures and customer service. Regulatory acceptance of Gold Seal certification has reached a new high with the addition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program, which is now accepting the Gold Seal program for compliance of water coolers.
WQA prepares for new and ongoing ventures in 2013
The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa is a flagship for the school’s commitment to sustainability. Completed in September 2010, it not only serves USF’s School of Global Sustainability and Patel Center for Global Solutions, it also is the first building at the Tampa campus to aim for U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
University center lives up to green ideals with water reuse system
Speakman Co. converts a majority of its faucet families to meet the 1.5-gpm standard
WaterSense awareness has become a prevalent issue over the years and is now in effect, helping to transform the plumbing industry. Speakman Co. has been working to convert most of its commercial faucet line to meet the low-flow standard of 1.5 gal per minute (gpm).
In response to WaterSense development, Speakman has now converted a majority of its faucet families to meet the low-flow requirement while still maintaining the quality expected from its products.
Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program introduced several new actions to help businesses, organizations and homeowners save water. WQP Assistant Editor Williette Nyanue spoke with Veronica Blette, WaterSense program manager, to learn about the new initiatives and the benefits of water efficiency.
Williette Nyanue: Tell us about the new workplace best management practices (BMPs) and the new specifications for apartments and condos.
A group of 400 native Peruvian Amazonians known as the Maijuna desperately searched for answers to help reduce their high child mortality rate when it became clear that their drinking water was one of the major culprits.
Water filtration system provides Amazon villages with cleaner water
With another year on the books, it is time to look ahead to 2013. As always, the water treatment industry will face a variety of challenges and opportunities in the coming months. Domestically, new regulations loom — some positive, some negative — as California continues to set the legislative tone for the nation. Globally, opportunties await for companies ready to take the international plunge, but the challenges of certification remain.
Industry experts weigh in on what is to come in 2013
For many years, I noticed the Energy Star sticker on my salon's water cooler, and I used to wonder what it meant. Who put the sticker there? What makes a water cooler a star?
This was years before I considered purchasing an appliance, let alone making third-party certification my career. Now my view is different, because all I see are labels, symbols and marks, and I have the knowledge and resources to understand the programs.
Energy Star testing and requirements for water coolers