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.
Program was selected as a project to support during Canada Water Week
Canada Water Week is an annual weeklong celebration coinciding with World Water Day, celebrated this year March 22. Small Change Fund’s national advisers specially selected five inspiring grassroots projects that Canadians could support during the week. One of the chosen projects was the Urban Youth Catching Rain project, which hopes to train 20 Toronto youths in urban rainwater collection techniques this summer.
Delta Faucet Co. and Bell Plumbing & Heating provided retrofits as part of Fix a Leak Week
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined Delta Faucet Co. and Bell Plumbing & Heating to provide Renaissance 88 Apartments, a Colorado Coalition for the Homeless apartment building in Thornton, Colo., with a water-saving makeover. The retrofits and leak repairs done at the apartment complex will save 560,000 gal of water per year, enough to fill fifty backyard swimming pools.
Submissions for decorated rain barrels will be accepted through March 26
Rain barrels are often seen as characterless and boring. Paint a Picture for Water Conservation aims to transform this usually drab outdoor feature into a masterpiece for the garden. Artists and students are asked to submit ideas for an artistic rain barrel design.
The challenge is to create a beautiful rain barrel design that would fit into any garden setting. Applications are due March 26.
Aquanomix systems are engineered to manage harvested rainwater, storm water, graywater, process water and foundation water for reuse. A control system performs input/output commands, runs onboard diagnostics and integrates with most building automation systems. A standard system includes a centrifugal separator and bag filter for suspended solids removal, a UV disinfection system and more.
As U.S. water infrastructure continues to age, it is beginning to impact water quality. Jeff Zagoudis, contributing editor for Water Quality Products, spoke with Allan Connolly, vice president of operations and engineering at Culligan, about the problem and what is being done to solve it.
Jeff Zagoudis: How would you describe the current state of water infrastructure in the U.S.?
Rain barrels are one way the Think About Personal Pollution (TAPP) program in Tallahassee works to improve water quality in northwest Florida. Program Director John Cox spoke with Water Quality Products Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis to explain how these devices can turn a potent source of pollution into a boon for local consumers.
Literature and popular press are full of articles about the coming water shortage. While there are a myriad of options and technologies available to conserve, collect and recycle water, there is one source that has been available for as long as water itself: rainwater.
Rainwater harvesting and reuse is developing into a good market for water treatment professionals. Depending on the end use of the captured water, different levels of treatment will be required, creating a good place for water specialists to offer their expertise in treatment system design and installation.
Political and economic barriers impede growth of rainwater harvesting
Harvesting and reusing rainwater is not only a way to supplement water supplies, it also helps protect vital water resources from pollutants that storm water runoff carries into them. As concerns about water pollution and the impending global water shortage grow, it is increasingly important for everyone to take part in conserving and protecting drinking water supplies.
Rainwater harvesting and storm water recycling are similar processes, but rainwater harvesting usually involves collecting water from cleaner surfaces, such as roofs, while storm water typically is ground-level runoff. Both require collecting, storing and conserving rain for later use.
Rainwater harvesting system provides alternative to well water