Turning Your Smart Phone into a Water Wizard

Vista, CA - Can a smartphone save water?

"There are many apps out there that give us more insight into our water consumption.

With Earth Day coming up, Waterless Co., manufacturers of no-water urinals and other restroom products, suggests we use our smartphones to help reduce water consumption.

According to CEO Klaus Reichardt, there are now "apps" designed specifically to "help us realize how much water we use and suggest ways to reduce consumption."

Take time to explore the following water apps. While we cannot mention manufacturers, a little googling should uncover them.

Reichardt recommends the following:

APP 1: This app is designed to help track where and when you use water every day. You answer a few short questions, and it takes it from there. But here's what's special. This app compares your usage with that of your neighbors. "Don't ask me how it does it but the result is a lot of insight into your water consumption."

APP 2: Want to know how much that drip, drip, drip is costing you? This app detective tells you how much water is wasted each week, month, or year and how big a dent it puts in your wallet.

APP 3. This "app" is perfect for kids. It's packed with all kinds of information about water and how to save it. "As an information source, its great. But it also uses games which make it much easier for kids to learn about water."

APP 4: Finally, this app connects to your water utility and also compares your water usage with your neighbors'. It provides insight into how much, where, and when you are using the most water; it also lets you set water reduction goals, and the graphs help you clearly understand all the information it has gathered.

"Hopefully a little googling will help you learn more about these apps," adds Reichardt. "What they are all trying to do is help us learn more about water. This will help us become more aware of ways to protect this precious resource and out reduce usage."

Don't Go Without a Drain Odor Eliminator

Have you ever walked into a room that isn't used very often, and noticed an unpleasant odor lingering in the air? If you find that the odor sticks around even though the room is clean, then you may want to see if there are any floor drains present. Floor drains may be responsible for the bad smells, as they can allow sewer gas to seep into the room if not properly maintained. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to blocking those odors altogether. All you need is a good drain odor eliminator, like EverPrime.

How to Use a Drain Odor Eliminator

A drain odor eliminator is a liquid that is used to seal any odorous gasses that otherwise would drift up through an unprimed drain. If you have a smelly floor drain, all you have to do is to pour about a gallon of water down into the floor drain. Then, pour three ounces of our EverPrime drain odor eliminating liquid on top of that. It will sit on top of the water, effectively sealing the drain. At the same time, the drain odor eliminator allows liquids to pass down through it, so it will not block your drain like a cap, or lid, will.

Other Benefits of a Liquid Drain Odor Eliminator

One great thing about a drain odor eliminating liquid is that it will last for a long time. It will only stop working properly and need to be replaced if large amounts of water are poured down the drain, disintegrating and dispersing the liquid seal. If that happens, you simply refill 3 oz of the EverPrime seal, and the drain odor eliminator is effective immediately!

World Water Day is March 22 – Here’s Some Ways to Celebrate It

World Water Day is March 22

World Water Day 2017  is March 22 is, but many people do not realize the importance of world water day.

World Water Day was created by the United Nations because water is essential to life on this planet. It is also vital for countries to have a strong and vibrant economy, to create jobs, and for social and human development.

An estimated 1.5 billion people work specifically in water-related sectors around the globe. But every industry in the world is in one way or another is dependent on water. That means when we suffer droughts or water shortages, the livelihoods of billions of people can be affected.

World Water Day gives us all an opportunity to learn more about water, remember its importance, and take steps to use water much more efficiently to reduce consumption.

History of World Water Day

World Water Day dates back to 1992. That was when the UN first started considering its creation, “as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources,” according to the organization. It was discussed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) – now known as the Earth Summit - which was held in Rio de Janeiro that year, and later adopted, with the first commemorative World Water Day held in 1993.

World Water Day is March 22

Over the years a number of world water day activities to celebrate this special day and recognize the importance of abundant, clean water have been developed. Among the “slightly unusual” are the following:

Drink Upscale Water: Some people call seltzer water “upscale water” because it’s one of the favored drinks of the rich. However, seltzer water can actually help us consume less water. Seltzer water is regular tap water but carbonated. It seems to fill us up faster, so we drink less of it.

Eat Less Meat: Did you know that a typical steak dinner for two requires about 4,000 gallons (15,000 liters) of water? And Americans consume more meat today than they did 30 years ago, which is one reason water for livestock has become one of the greatest factors for increased water consumption in this country.

Know the Facts: Unfortunately, most people in the United States are simply unaware of how much of the world lacks clean, dependable water. According to the U.N. 85 percent of world population lives in the drier areas of the planet where water is in short supply and nearly 800 million do not have access to clean water.

World Water Day is March 22

Wash Your Hands Right the First Time: Some studies have found that many people wash their hands very quickly, and then before they eat, wash their hands again, to make sure they are clean. If you wash your hands right the first time – for about 15 seconds with soap and water – in many cases you can forgo the second wash.

Give for Water: According to a 2015 study by WaterAid America, one in five babies around the world dies during its first month of life due to lack of clean water. Further, they found that 35 percent of the lower-income countries around the world lack soap and water for proper handwashing. The result is death and disease.

Try Not to Flush: In the late 1970s, a little jingle on the mouths of millions of Californians was “if it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” That jingle helped the state get through one of its worst droughts in history. But we can take that a step further today. Why do we need urinals that use 35,000 gallons of water per year just to flush the “yellow” down? This can be eliminated by using no-water urinal systems. They are clean, sanitary, hygienic, and water efficient.

Make a Pledge: Celebrate World Water Day every day by making a pledge to be aware of your water consumption and take steps to reduce it. Pledges work because once you try it, you quickly learn how easy it is to save water.

For more information on World Water Day 2017, ways to reduce water consumption, and honor World Water Day, call a Waterless Co representative at 800-244-6364.

Water Trivia You Always Wanted to Know

Because we are finally starting to think more about water—and ways to use it more efficiently—Waterless Co., manufacturer of no-water urinal systems, presents the following water trivia.

These are subjects most of us have wondered about at one time or another.  Hopefully, the following brings some understanding:

·        In the U.S., planners assume we will each use at least 70 gallons of water per day in the home and 35 gallons per day in the office.

·        The average household uses about 300 gallons of water per day; 70 percent is used indoors and 30 percent is used outdoors.

·        In urban areas, 75 percent of all water is used in homes.

·        In the home, roughly 60 percent of all water is used to flush toilets, and to run showers and faucets.

·        In an office, 40 percent of all water is used in restrooms, mostly for toilets and traditional urinals.

·        The average American uses 9,000 gallons of water annually to flush 230 gallons of waste.

·        Water wasted due to leaks totals about one trillion gallons annually in the U.S.

·        New studies indicate that one waterless urinal saves 30,000 to 45,000 gallons of water per year, sometimes more depending on where it is installed.

·        As to where the urine goes when using a no-water urinal, it flows below the trap/cylinder at the base of the urinal into a “U” tube to block odors; as it accumulates, it flows down a standard sewer pipe.

·        A top-loading washing machine uses 30 gallons of water per wash.

·        A front-loading washing machine uses 10 gallons of water per wash.

·        It takes energy to deliver water.  A faucet running for five minutes uses about as much energy as a 60-watt light bulb that has been turned on for 14 hours.

·        Our peak year for water consumption in the U.S. was 1980 in which we used 440 billion gallons of water per day (BGD); by 2010 that declined to 350 BGD, due to water efficiency measures and new technologies.

·        Water consumption increases with our incomes; a household making $150,000 annually will use about 30 percent more water than a household making $75,000 per year.

Note: Sources include The Water Footprint Network and the EPA’s WaterSense Program; all numbers are averages and can vary due to a variety of reasons.

 

About Waterless

Waterless Co. Inc. has established a well-respected reputation as being an innovative manufacturer of no-water urinal systems.  Based in Vista, Ca, the 25 year-old company is the oldest manufacturer of waterless urinals in North America.  The company’ manufacturers a full line of Waterless No-Flush urinals, cleaning liquids, and cost saving accessories. Visit: www.waterless.com 

Water Consumption Facts and Figures

By understanding water consumption facts and figures, we have a pretty good idea where water is going in a facility.

The city of San Jose, Environmental Services Department studied a variety of facilities, from office buildings to manufacturing locations, in an effort to determine where water is most used in a facility…in other words, where’s it going. 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 needed 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.