As colleges and universities become more sustainability-focused when it comes to water know there is a difference between water conservation and water efficiency
While US millennials are very focused on sustainability and reducing water consumption, this is not true around the world.
Water is a serious issue for the cities of the world. Even in a wealthy nation such as the United States, people die from toxic water in Flint, Michigan, confront megadroughts in Los Angeles, face salinated aquifers in Miami and worry in Omaha about oil pipeline spills in the Ogallala aquifer. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in its annual U.S. infrastructure report card gives U.S. drinking water a grade of D. Water is the greatest challenge in resiliency planning.
Southern California heavily depends on water from the Colorado River. Recent droughts have caused water levels at the Lake Mead, our nation's largest reservoir, to drop over 100 feet. Shockingly, the lake is at only 38 percent of capacity. It is only 4 feet above the legal emergency level of 1,075 feet. With droughts come more frequent and intense wildfires. For the past five years, California has experienced wildfires 12 months per year.
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But by 2015 water consumption in the US dropped to 82 gallons of water per day/per person. That’s a 27 percent decrease.
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.
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
Presenter: Steve Spencer
How can the Earth be facing a water shortage when the planet is 70 percent water? And what does this scarcity mean for the cleaning industry? In this Educational Quick Clip, Steve Spencer explains how droughts are affecting drinkable water in the United States and elsewhere—and what changes might be in store for jansan professionals.
About the Presenter
Steve Spencer is a facilities specialist in cleaning and interior maintenance for State Farm Insurance Co. He is regarded as one of the nation's leading authorities on safety, health, and hygiene, and is a nationally recognized consultant, author, and speaker with more than 30 years of experience in the jansan industry.
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