A Learning Experience

When McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, set about constructing its new Engineering Technology Building, it used the latest state-of-the-art technology not only to achieve U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, but also to create a living laboratory to train students on the building systems of the future. One of the components is a rainwater harvesting system that collects, filters and disinfects rainwater for non-potable and potable use in the building.

Deck: 

First-of-its-kind system treats rainwater for potable reuse

About The Author: 

Rick VanSant is president and CEO of UV Pure Technologies. VanSant can be reached at rvansant@uvpure.com or 416.208.9884.

Publication Date: 
September 22, 2011
Activation Date: 
September 22, 2011
Company Reference: 
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23035

Sensible Savings

Five years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched WaterSense, a volunteer partnership program that promotes water efficiency to protect the nation’s water supply. Targeting manufacturers and consumers alike, the program has had an impact on the way Americans view water use. Leslie Streicher, associate editor of Water Quality Products, checked in with program leader Veronica Blette to learn about the motivation behind our changing water culture and what water efficiency means today.

About The Author: 

Veronica Blette is chief of the WaterSense Branch of EPA's Office of Wastewater Management. Blette can be reached at blette.veronica@epamail.epa.gov or 202.564.4094. Leslie Streicher is associate editor of Water Quality Products. Streicher can be reached at lstreicher@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

Publication Date: 
July 15, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 15, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22903

A Sustainable Surprise

A few weeks ago, the local electric utility visited my apartment building to give the residents free efficiency upgrades. The focus was not solely energy, however—in addition to replacing all of the building’s standard light bulbs with energy-efficient ones, the company installed free water-efficient faucets and showerheads in each unit.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1000.

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 13, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22894

Environmentalism & Water Treatment

Over the years, the term “environmentalism” has morphed through various phases and subcategories, creating a whole new paradigm that confuses most of the general population. To the average person, terms such as environmentalism, “environmentally friendly,” “sustainable” and “green” seem to be used interchangeably. The director of the Green Business League, Michael Richmond, described the muddled understanding of these terms as “that ugly green color that we made in kindergarten when we slurred all the colors into one big blob.”

Deck: 

Sorting through environmental terminology

About The Author: 

Pauli Undesser, CWS-VI, is director of regulatory and technical affairs for the Water Quality Assn. Undesser can be reached at pundesser@wqa.org or 630.929.2514.

Publication Date: 
March 29, 2011
Activation Date: 
March 29, 2011
Company Reference: 
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22632

Energy Star Opportunities

Have you taken advantage of energy efficiency-related discounts and rebates on appliances? You can find incentives in your region by visiting www.energysavers.gov/financial/.

The state of Illinois recently offered a one-day program offering a 15% point-of-sale rebate to consumers replacing old appliances with Energy Star-qualified models. The rebate program generated more than $25 million in sales and resulted in the sale of more than 27,000 energy-efficient appliances in the state.

Deck: 

Energy Star program offers tools and incentives to save energy and money

About The Author: 

Tania Shammo is Gold Seal Program training manager for the Water Quality Assn. Shammo can be reached at tshammo@wqa.org or at 630.929.2542.

Publication Date: 
January 24, 2011
Activation Date: 
January 24, 2011
Company Reference: 
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22469

Pumping Energy Efficiency

The factors behind potential pump system savings

About The Author: 

Jack Creamer is market segment manager – pumping equipment, industry business, for Schneider Electric. Creamer can be reached at jack.creamer@us.schneider-electric.com

Activation Date: 
November 23, 2010
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22320

Shower Sense

Achieving water efficiency in the home has just gotten easier with the release of new WaterSense-labeled showerheads. Stephanie Thornton, marketing and outreach specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program, discussed the benefits of these new showerheads and offered a roundup of the program’s latest news.

Deck: 

WQP speaks with Stephanie Thornton, marketing and outreach specialist with the U.S. EPA's WaterSense program

About The Author: 

Stephanie Thornton is marketing and outreach specialist with the EPA’s WaterSense program. To contact the program, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

Elizabeth Lisican is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Lisican can be reached at 847.954.7958 or by e-mail at elisican@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
June 28, 2010
Activation Date: 
June 28, 2010
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
21920

Battelle Benefits

Comprehensive study proves efficiency benefits of softened water

About The Author: 

Rebecca Wilhelm is managing editor for Water Quality Products. Wilhelm can be reached at 847.391.1007 or by e-mail at bwilhelm@sgcmail.com

Activation Date: 
April 23, 2010
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
21707

Carbon Certified

Implement an offset inclusive carbon management program

About The Author: 

Mark LaCroix is executive vice president, business development, for The CarbonNeutral Co. LaCroix can be reached at mark.lacroix@carbonneutral.com.

Activation Date: 
April 5, 2010
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
21639

In Search of Softener Efficiency

Diminish the environmental impact of softeners

About The Author: 

Jerry Horner CWS-VI, CI, is regional sales manager for Watts Water Quality Products. Horner can be reached at 800.659.8400 x419404 or by e-mail at hornerjg@watts.com.

Activation Date: 
March 31, 2010
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
21632