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Get with the Program: Go Green

Green Water dropThe move toward green cleaning is the next step towards further reducing the impact left on the environment. We can always continue to maintain and improve the health, comfort and aesthetics of our surroundings. We know that green cleaning creates healthier environments, but what does it truly mean to go green?

Sustainable solutions minimize the impact of cleaning on people and the environment. More importantly, it is a process to protect natural resources for the future – not a single product alone. This means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Going Green is a journey that anyone can participate in. By being environmentally responsible, we can become more knowledgeable about the ingredients we are putting into products, leading to a healthier home and a healthier you. Wondering how you can help? Try these tips to get started:

Save energy: Finished using something? Make sure you shut it off. You can easily conserve energy by turning off the lights or unplugging smaller appliances as soon as you’re done with them.

Save water: No one likes a dripping faucet…especially the environment. From brushing your teeth to watering your garden, it’s important to be conscious of how much water you are using and how you can better conserve it.

Reduce, reuse, recycle: These three R’s are the perfect triple threat. By helping to reduce waste, we can conserve natural resources and energy. When we reuse and recycle, we can avoid creating waste, reducing the amount of trash going to our landfills and keeping the environment healthier.

It’s important to remember that every little bit helps when it comes to conserving natural resources within our environment. You can start out small and still make a positive impact. By focusing on maintaining the balance between people, profit and planet, we can protect our environment now and in the future.

At Betco®, being environmentally responsible is a company standard. We are committed to developing products, programs and procedures that meet or exceed health and environmental standards while providing cost effective benefits to accomplish your maintenance goals. To learn more about our sustainability efforts and complete green program, please visit www.betco.com/solutions/sustainability for more information.

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Water Conservation Starts in the Restroom

The state of California is rationing water. Some experts believe California will be just the first of several states that restrict the amount of water that both consumers and businesses may use. The bottom line is this: Demand for water in much of the southwestern portion of the United States has outstripped supply. A large portion of this water—as much as 70 percent and more in some areas—is slated for farmers. Government administrators are in the uncomfortable position of needing to determine who gets what water: farmers, consumers, businesses, etc.

What is true for everyone, however, is that we are all going to have to start conserving—and start fast. And the first place businesses, schools, and all commercial facilities should look when it comes to conserving water is in the restrooms. This was confirmed in a study by WaterSense®, a partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which found that in U.S. buildings, water is consumed in the following key areas:

  • Kitchen areas: 13 percent
  • Miscellaneous: 10 percent
  • Irrigation and landscaping: 22 percent
  • Cooling and heating: 28 percent
  • Restrooms (toilets, urinals, and sinks): 37 percent1

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The Cost of Water: Why It Keeps Going Up

The cost of water keeps going up as most facility managers know.  In fact, in many cases, the cost of water is going up significantly, with even higher costs anticipated in the future.

So why is the cost of water escalating so fast? After all, historically it has been one of our least expensive natural resources in the United States. However, water has typically been underpriced for decades. Utility companies are now trying to adjust charges so that they better reflect the actual costs to collect, store, and deliver water to consumers.

Here are seven other reasons why the cost of water is going up in the United States: Continue reading

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Serious Water Concerns Require Smart Solutions

Water concerns throughout the United States are mounting!

According to an August 2014 article published in National Geographic Magazine, groundwater, also known as aquifers, provide us with freshwater that makes up for surface water now being lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. “[But] we are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future,” warns Dennis Dimick National Geographic’s Executive Editor for the Environment.

What’s happening is that we are turning to groundwater to make up for the water normally collected due to rainfall events, which is used for drinking water, irrigation for landscaping and farming, and most all of the other ways we use water every day. However, Dimick goes on to say that while we are doing this, groundwater supplies nationwide have been depleted “dramatically since 2000.”  Continue reading

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Water Use: Where’s the Water Going?

The city of San Jose’s Environmental Services Department has studied a variety of facilities, from office buildings to manufacturing locations, in an effort to determine where water is most used.  While each type of facility may have had special water needs, some common denominators were noted in the study.

For instance, in San Jose, which has a moderate to warm year-round temperature, water use for cooling systems was often at the top or near the top of the list.  Additionally, if the property had a significant landscaped area, a considerable amount of water was invariably used for irrigation and vegetation as well. Continue reading

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Water Conservation Awareness: Reducing Water Use in Commercial Facilities

A very large portion of water distributed by municipal water utilities in the United States goes to commercial and institutional facilities. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “the commercial and institutional sector is the second largest consumer of publicly supplied water in the United States, accounting for 17 percent of the withdrawals from public water supplies”.

“Commercial and institutional” facilities include hotels, schools, office buildings, and government facilities, as well as very large buildings such as sports arenas, airports, convention centers and the like. Because these facilities use such a significant portion of U.S. water, water conservation awareness is very important. And with so much of the United States experiencing various types of droughts—from abnormally dry to severe—this awareness is critical at this time. Continue reading

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Water Overdrawn: When Cities Get a “Water Overdrawn” Notice

In the early 1950s, several underground water wells providing water for Albuquerque, New Mexico, were pumped dry. This came as a total surprise to city officials and prompted Charles V. Theis, a leading scientist in the field of hydrogeology, to comment, “What happened was that the city got a notice from its bank that its [water] account was overdrawn and when it complained that no one could have foreseen this, only said in effect that it had no bookkeeping system.”

The underground water wells Theis is referring to are known as aquifers. Continuing with our analogy, the U.S. Geological Society says, “an aquifer can be compared to a bank account, and ground water occurring in an aquifer is analogous to the money in the account. It can be recharged (deposited) by infiltration from precipitation, surface water, or applied irrigation water; it can be kept in storage (saved); and it can be discharged naturally to streams, springs, or seeps, or transpired by plants.

Just like a bank account, aquifers naturally fluctuate over time. However, what is happening in many parts of the United States today is that aquifers are being pumped dry; not enough water deposits are being made into the account to cover withdrawals. And because of this, we can expect to find more water bank accounts in many more parts of the United States overdrawn in the next 20 to 30 years. Continue reading

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Flushing Away the Old World of Flushing

When it comes to flushing restroom fixtures, many people may be surprised to learn that the old ways of flushing toilets and urinals are literally being flushed away.  In an effort to conserve water, new technologies have been introduced that reduce the amount of water necessary to flush a toilet or urinal while still keeping restrooms sanitary and odor free.

One of the most popular systems is the dual-flush toilet.  Very common in Europe and parts of Asia, dual-flush systems are now finding their way into restrooms throughout North America.  As you might suspect, these toilets release larger amounts of water to flush solid waste and smaller amounts to flush away liquid waste.  The result is that they can reduce overall water consumption of a traditional toilet from 1.6 gallons of water per flush to about 1.2 gallons. While this reduction might appear small, when you consider there are between 300 and 350 million toilets in the U.S., that 0.4 of a gallon adds up pretty fast. Continue reading