The National Assn. for PET Container Resources says 1.5 billion lb of PET plastic were recycled in 2010
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) is honoring Earth Day 2012, celebrated on April 22, by announcing increases in curbside recycling of PET plastic water bottle containers and an effort to improve the environmental footprint of the bottled water industry.
A newly released study shows that PET plastic bottled water containers are once again the single most recycled item in nationwide curbside collection programs. As of 2010, the recycling rate for PET plastic bottled water containers increased to 32%, more than doubling in the last six years.
The ban aims to reduce plastic water bottle waste and address social concerns
After the Queen’s University Principal’s 2010 pledge to end all bottled water sales on its campus in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the university is on track to enforce the ban in September, according to the Kingston Herald.
The aim of the ban is to create a greener campus community by reducing plastic water bottle waste as well as address social concerns regarding private corporations' control of drinking water.
Queen’s is among the first Canadian universities to push for such a ban, according to Aaron Ball, the university’s sustainability manager.
Public-private partnership will address water issues around the world
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of 22 new members that has joined the expanded U.S. Water Partnership, announced on March 22 for World Water Day. The U.S. Water Partnership is a U.S.-based public-private partnership established to unite American expertise, knowledge and resources, and mobilize those assets to address water challenges around the globe, especially in the developing world.
Changes will allow units in multi-family homes to become certified
Continuing to build on the success of the WaterSense program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making minor modifications to its specification that establishes the criteria for new homes to earn the WaterSense label.
Commercial reverse osmosis (RO) systems encompass a wide variety of applications. Some applications, such as metal plating or boiler feed water, require pure water with low dissolved solids. Other applications, in which a higher dissolved solids content is acceptable, such as car wash or drinking water applications, need to produce as much water as possible, or just enough water at the lowest cost possible.
Each of these categories presents unique challenges to commercial OEMs to configure systems that reduce the total water cost (TWC) to their customers.
New RO elements can lower total water costs
According to statistics published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), water coolers across the U.S. consume about 6 billion kWh of electricity per year.1 Some water coolers actually use more energy than a refrigerator.
Lowering energy costs with efficient water coolers
This year’s winning projects for the second annual Top Water Quality Projects program come from all corners of the water treatment marketplace. These winners represent the most innovative and challenging projects submitted by readers to Water Quality Products (WQP) for recognition this year.
To be considered, all projects must have been in the planning or implementation phase in the past 18 months.
Hydrofracturing is not a new concept—in fact, it has been utilized by the gas and oil industries in the U.S. since the 1940s. Thanks to increased media attention, however, many are led to believe that this is a new technology developed specifically for the extraction of natural gas.
Evaluating gas drilling’s effects on groundwater and air quality
In the words of Alexandra Cousteau, “Water will be the defining crisis of our century.” Essentially, water is running out. Population is constantly growing, and water and storm water management costs are skyrocketing across the U.S., increasing by up to 8% per year. Without a sustainable water management plan that includes rainwater harvesting, both people and businesses will suffer.
System helps school become South Carolina's first LEED-certified educational facility
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.
First-of-its-kind system treats rainwater for potable reuse