Monday, November 30, 2009
Mr. Hendley is the creator of an organization called Wine to Water that provides clean water to people in developing countries through funds raised at wine tasting events. That’s right folks you can have your wine and save lives by doing so; brilliant! Wine to Water is a nonprofit dedicated to achieving sustainability through education and empowerment of local community members, training them to install, maintain and repair their own water systems. I will be reaching out to Mr. Hendley in support of his efforts and I hope you all will do the same.Check out this video from CNN News.
BRAVO Doc. My hat is off & my hand is out. Keep up the hard work.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Ron Whitworth asked;
"Can I make my existing toilet more water efficient rather than throwing it away?"
Well Ron the short answer is, I hope you can.
I am a big fan of minimizing the amount of waste that goes into our landfills, and converting/upgrading your existing toilet rather than throwing it away is one thing I definitely encourage; under the right circumstances. There are plenty of “do it yourself tricks” out there that can be much more trouble than benefit so do your home work before deciding on what will work best for you. The good news is there are viable, effective, affordable options for improving the efficiency of a toilet rather than throwing it away and spending $$$ for a new High Efficiency Toilet (HET or UHET).
A couple things to consider;
a) If the current toilet uses more than 3.5 gallons of water per flush you should bite the bullet and get a new toilet. You will recover the cost of buying a new toilet pretty quickly by replacing these old water hogs. Get rid of it.
b) If you have a pressured assist toilet it can not be modified.
One of the most cost effective ways to improve water efficiency in a toilet is to convert it to a dual-flush. The Dual Flush Pro toilet conversion kit makes this easy to do and cost’s less than $55. This kit comes with everything you need to turn your existing toilet into a Dual Flush water saver toilet in about thirty minutes. The handle has a dual function; push one way for ½ flush to remove liquid waste and push the other way for full flush to remove solid waste.
For most major brand 1.6 gallon per flush toilets the kit is pretty well set up right out of the box to provide a 0.8 gallon half flush and 1.6 gallon full flush. Not all toilets are created equal. Some models will require adjustments to the factory settings of whichever kit you decide to use. These adjustments are simple with the Dual Flush Pro kit.
Thanks for asking,
Aqua Environmental Resource Center
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Arsenic is a metalloid that exists in both organic and inorganic forms; the later of which is the most troublesome. A common source of organic Arsenic is Fish and Seafood and for the most part it passes through the body. Arsenic was discovered in 1250 and quickly gained notoriety as an extremely poisonous metalloid and human carcinogen. It is known to cause bladder, lung and skin cancers, and may cause kidney and liver cancer. The chemical attacks the central and peripheral nervous systems, damages the heart and blood vessels, and causes serious skin problems. It also may cause birth defects and reproductive problems.
Arsenic is commonly found in drinking water supplies all over the world. In its two forms, organic and inorganic; the inorganic form is more dangerous. Inorganic arsenic occurs naturally. In addition, at least six million pounds of arsenic are released into the environment of the U.S. each year through several unnatural processes including mining, burning coal, copper and lead smelting, wood-preservative treatments, municipal incinerators and the use of common pesticides.
Currently in the US, the maximum arsenic concentration allowed by the EPA is 10 parts per billion (ppb). This is also the recognized limit by the World Health Organization. Before January 2006, 50 ppb was considered acceptable in many states across the country. There is evidence for concern that levels even below 10ppb are dangerous. Recent studies have associated these lower amounts with increased levels of skin cancer. The negative effects of continuous low dosage exposure to arsenic can take years to become apparent.
All sources of drinking water should be checked. Arsenic is an element of the earth's crust and can be released from the sediment into the groundwater. Most water sources are Direct Draw from some kind of ground source; including municipally treated and distributed water.
Never blindly trust the source of your drinking and bathing water. Test your water & filter it if uncertain or remain at risk; you decide.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
He was a guest speaker at Warren Wilson College as part of their new environmental lecture serious. Mr. Glennon provided some unique insights for consideration. I am very thankful for his efforts and devotion to educate the public and bring attention to the state of the water situation in the US. He is very passionate in his attempts to “wake up" the American public to this potential crisis without being alarmist. I found his points of view and expectations very realistic and well researched. I recommend his book as “well worth reading”.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Once again the ingenuity and forward thinking of the folks at Niagara Conservation has produced a toilet design that is sure to establish a new standard in the industry. While most manufactures are pressing to produce Dual Flush toilets as their next big push in the HET market, Niagara Conservation is introducing a single flush toilet that uses 0.80 gallon per flush. That’s right a gravity flush toilet that only uses ½ the water of a standard 1.6 gallon toilet to evacuate both liquid waste and solid waste. Niagara reports to us that the Stealth toilet performs as well if not better than most 1.6 gallon toilets on the market.
The Niagara Stealth toilet utilizes the ingenuity of a pressurized trap system. Essentially the flushing mechanism forces air into the trap while the bowl is refilling. The air is trapped between to water seal, one at the top of the trap and one at the bottom of the trap. A positive pressure pocket of air is created behind the water in the bowl thereby requiring less water to create the siphon need to evacuate the bowl.
The Stealth toilet by Niagara Conservation is currently only available for limited distribution. We have been informed that it will be available for retail distribution by the end of October 2009. Retail price is expected to be in the $375.00 range. The Stealth toilet will be available for advanced order from AquaPro Solutions online store in mid to late October 2009.
Aqua Environmental Resource Center is conducting an in house test analysis of the stealth toilet at our new Asheville, NC facility.
Stay tuned for our report or call for information
877-4321-H2O (426) toll free
Thursday, September 3, 2009
AquaPro posted reply:
I am concerned that we continue to witness advancements in the control of fresh water resources by for-profit corporate entities. I am of the opinion that this is not in the best we can do. As one of the three things we cannot survive without (Air, Water, Food) I am perplexed by our complacency with the idea that fresh water isn’t provided as a basic human right. For-profit ventures that contribute too or result in the control of fresh water supplies by for-profit entities is something we should be very worried about.
That's what I think, what do you think?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Will we ever learn?
“Weather modification”; the term itself causes me great concern! I believe we are asking for trouble and serious trouble at that. This may be one of the biggest hurdles we face at this current point in human evolution. Rather than modifying human behavior to act more in accordance with the Earths natural processes, we continue to spend incredible amounts of money and resources in an effort to work against nature rather than work with it. Are we really so arrogant as to believe that we have the depth of knowledge or an adequate understanding of the intricacies’ of Earths planetary processes that we can effect changes and know what the long term results are going to be? If we expect to survive we need to recognize our place as a species living “on” this planet rather than “owning” it. Earth was here long before us and it will be here long after we are gone.
We should turn our efforts and resources toward figuring out how we should adapt to surviving in harmony with the earth rather than in conflict with it. We can do it, we should do it, I hope we will do it in time. Will the children of generations to come look back at us and wonder how we could have been so naive” or will they be thankful for the wisdom of our generation. Let’s do our best to ensure the later.
That's what I think. what do you think.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Across the country we are witnessing sincere efforts to reduce energy consumption from both the consumer and commercial perspective. Mr. Odeh's effort is commendable and deserves recognition.
What about "The Forgotten Factor"; the connection between improved water efficiency and the reduction in energy consumption? Studies have clearly identified this relationship. If you do even a minimal of research, the troubling truth about global fresh water supplies should put water efficiency and water conservation at the forefront of everyone's "greening" efforts. I wonder if Mr. Odeh considered the value of improving water efficiency at his restaurants. No mention therein leads me to believe this is not the case. In most business a practices “greening” is as much about improving the bottom line as as it is about lessening impacts on the environment. As consumers and businesses, our water footprint is a very significant part of our overall carbon footprint.
A Water Efficiency Assessment and ROI Analysis can easily demonstrate that even something as minimal as a plumbing fixture upgrade can produce a substantial reduction in wasted water thereby lowering utility bills, and lessening overall environmental impact. I have witnessed the results. I have seen a $70,000 investment in water efficiency improvements (toilets, showerheads, faucet aerators) at an apartment complex in Charlotte, NC resulting in a reduction in metered water expenses of greater than $10,000 per billing cycle. I am aware of similar projects taking place in Louisville, Pittsburgh, Detroit and South Florida. It makes financial sense and helps substantially lower human impacts on a natural resource that we just can not do without.
When you think "Greening" consider "The Forgotten Factor"
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
When considering energy efficiency improvements no one seems to employ the very relevant connection between Water Efficiency and Energy Reductions. Studies have been done, the information is clear yet little attention is afforded to the value of "the forgotten factor"; water efficiency. The potential savings of dollars & kilowatts, directly related to improving water efficiency is staggering; and along with that we reduce societal demands on our potable water resources. Improving water efficiency is one of the most important environmental efforts we can employ; just ask any of the communities that are running out of water. When was the last time you worried about turning on a faucet or flushing the toilet? It will likely happen sooner than you think.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Standard toilet designs contain rubber flush balls that can leak due to improper seating or normal “wear and tear” from corrosive minerals in the water. This is not the case with a “true” flapperless toilet, which has NO sealing devices that control the flow of water from the tank to the bowl. A “true” flapperless toilet eliminates all such sealing devices and resultant concerns for the water conservation industry. In the Niagara Flapperless® tank, water is self-contained in either a 1.28- or 1.6-gallon “tipping bucket”.
There has been some confusion in the industry regarding flapperless toilets. A number of manufacturers with unconventional flappers are attempting to define their flexible seal as “flapperless”. Any flexible seal controlling the flow of water from the tank to the bowl can eventually deteriorate and leak. As a result, the user will waste water or, alternatively, have to replace the flexible seal, possibly increasing the consumed water amount per flush and compromising water conservation gains – something that is crucial we avoid, given the growing need to save water.
True Flapperless Technology: The only gravity-flush toilet that controls water flow with the use of patented “tipping bucket” technology, eliminating rubber flappers and flexible seals in the toilet tank.
The Niagara Flapperless® “Tipping Bucket” technology contains no flush balls or flappers. It’s virtually maintenance-free and will never leak.
As a conservationist company, it has been an ongoing challenge to keep the user from unintentionally or intentionally converting a 1.28- or 1.6-gallon per flush (GPF) toilet to a higher amount of consumed water per flush after the flexible seal has been replaced. A “true” flapperless toilet addresses this issue. The user will not have the responsibility of detecting possible leaks from a flexible seal within the tank and the additional challenge of locating the right replacement part – simply because with a Niagara Flapperless™, there is no maintenance involved, and no leaky seals to replace – EVER! A “true” flapperless toilet will remain a permanent 1.28- or 1.6 gallon per flush fixture!
Details about the Niagara toilet:
The Niagara Flapperless® TANK
• Water is self-contained in either a 1.28- or 1.6-gallon
• Solid porcelain construction – 100% vitreous china
• Oversized to cover unsightly wall exposure
• Opposable handle positioning
The Niagara Flapperless® BOWL
• Oversized footprint
• Adjustable 10” to 12” rough-in
• Fully glazed 2 1/8” trap way
• Oversized throat
• 28 separate siphon jets around the rim a plus!
Niagara Flapperless® BENEFITS
• Two of our models are ADA-approved HET!
• The EcoLogic™ 1.28 gpf HET toilets meet EPA WaterSense® criteria
• Our EcoLogic™ 1.28 gpf HET elongated model meets HET
• Powerful one-time flushing
• Less moveable parts to leak and break
• Easy flush action
• Top-rated flushing system
• Ten-year warranty on component parts
• Lifetime warranty on porcelain
The 1.6 & 1.28 GPF Niagara Flapperless® toilet offers water and related utility bill savings without sacrificing performance or comfort. Because of its unique, patented flush system, the Niagara Flapperless® will never leak, and it is maintenance-free. This toilet has been through comprehensive industry testing and performed exceptionally. Available in both round and elongated bowl types, the 1.6 GPF Niagara
Flapperless® toilet has a number of appealing features:
• Tamper-proof flush, cannot exceed 1.6 or1.28 GPF
• Large water spot
• New high-performance bowl hydraulics
• Fluidmaster fill valve seal
• No flapper to leak or replace – EVER!
• 10-year warranty on components
• Lifetime warranty on porcelain
• Large 10” x 20” footprint, ideal for retrofitting
• Meets ULFT rebate standards
• No maintenance necessary
• Uses 54% less water than a 3.5 GPF toilet (1.6gpf model)
• No double-flushing required
• Sweat-free tank
• Adjustable rough-in
• Fully glazed 2 1/8” trap-way
If a family of four replaced a 3.5-gallon per flush toilet made between 1980 and 1994 with the Niagara Flapperless® 1.6GPF toilet, they will save 20,805 gallons of water A YEAR!
Aside from its superior, unique flush system and other benefits detailed above, a Niagara Flapperless® toilet is affordable. With the help of a Niagara Flapperless® toilet, save water and money, experience advanced performance, and feel the power of Niagara!
See how it works- http://www.aquaprosolutions.com/index_files/Niagara_Conservation.htm
This is probably the smartest toilet design on the market.
That’s what I think. What do you think?
Sunday, July 5, 2009
There is certainly a lot more to be said about the state of our water, and Chlorine is not the only contaminant to be concerned about, but we have to start somewhere. The list of know contaminants in public water supplies gets longer every year. The statement “if you don’t use a water filter you are the filter” is a scary reality. Use a filter-Don’t be the filter!
That’s what I think-what do you think?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Every aspect of day to day human life on this planet is sustained in some way by the availability fresh water. Water is the second most important of the three necessities for survival of human life; Air, Water, Food. Everything else is non-essential. Connecting the dots in understanding this paradigm is easy. If you remove any one of these, human survival is impossible. It is by this understanding that these necessities should be provided as an undeniable right of every human being and declared as such in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The bottled water industry promotes an image of purity, but comprehensive testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed, including toxic byproducts of chlorination in the Walmart, Sam’s Choice and Giant Supermarket's Acadia brands, at the same levels routinely found in tap water. Several Sam's Choice samples that were purchased in California exceeded legal limits for bottled water contaminants in that state. Cancer-causing contaminants in bottled water purchased in 5 states (North Carolina, California, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland) and the District of Columbia exceeded the voluntary standards established by the bottled water industry by a substantial margin.
Unlike tap water, where consumers are provided with test results every year, the bottled water industry does not disclose the results of any contaminant testing that it conducts. Instead, the industry hides behind the claim that bottled water is held to the same safety standards as tap water. But with promotional campaigns saturated with images of crystal clear mountain springs, and prices 1,900 times the national average price of tap water, consumers are clearly miss-led to believe that they are buying a product that has been purified to a level beyond the tap water.
To the contrary, tests strongly indicate that the quality of bottled water cannot be trusted. Given the industry's refusal to make available data to support their claims, consumer confidence in the safety of bottled water is simply not justified.
Laboratory tests conducted at one of the country’s leading water quality laboratories found that 10 popular brands of bottled water, purchased from grocery stores and other retailers in 9 states and the District of Columbia, contained 38 chemical pollutants altogether, with an average of 8 contaminants in each brand. More than one-third of the chemicals found are not regulated in bottled water. In the Sam's Choice and Acadia brands, levels of some chemicals exceeded legal limits in California as well as industry-sponsored voluntary safety standards. Four brands were also contaminated with bacteria.
Water conservation refers to reducing use of fresh water through technological or social methods. The goals of water conservation efforts include:
Sustainability - To ensure availability for future generations, the withdrawal of fresh water from an ecosystem should not exceed its natural replacement rate.
Energy conservation - Water pumping, delivery, and wastewater treatment facilities consume a significant amount of energy. In some regions of the world (for example, California) over 15% of total electricity consumption is devoted to water management.
Habitat conservation - Minimizing human water use helps to preserve fresh water habitats for local wildlife and migrating waterfowl, as well as reducing the need to build new dams and other water diversion infrastructure.
One approach that the media endorses is asking consumers to make behavioral changes that will reduce water consumption in their homes and businesses. While the tips they offer are useful and excellent advice, they are simply not enough. Many people have other concerns that fill their minds, let alone planning and making the extra effort that is required to save water. This is where AquaPro Solutions’ products and services can help.
Installing water conservation and water recycling fixtures is the first step in successful long-term conservation planning. Some simple and inexpensive measures such as changing old water wasting showerheads and faucet aerators for more efficient ones can result in tremendous savings. Significant amounts of water can also be conserved by changing to a new high efficiency toilet (HET). Some local municipalities offer rebate incentives to consumers who make this change. Another possibility is installing a point-of-use or whole house greywater reclamation system.
We know that there are several ways to reduce water usage and understand that individual customer needs may vary. Therefore, AquaPro Solutions offers these and other water conservation products:
§ High Efficiency Toilets (HET)
§ Low-flow aerators
§ Water-less urinals
§ Water saving / energy saving showerheads
§ Waterless urinals
§ Automatic flood prevention devices
§ Greywater recycling/reclamation systems
§ Rainwater harvesting barrels
§ Water conserving industrial pre-rinse spray nozzles
§ Demand control hot water circulating systems
As part of our commitment to educating consumers and assisting them with meeting their water conservation goals, AquaPro Solutions has partnered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the EPA WaterSense Program. Additionally, we are charter members of the U.S. Green Building Council. Many AquaPro products count toward LEED point accumulation in building projects.
Contact AquaPro Solutions LLC today to learn how you can conserve water, improve water quality and make a difference in the future of our planet.
Water Conservation is one of the humankind’s highest priorities. It is clearly evident that serious consideration and definitive action toward the efficient use, recycling-reclamation and effective management of our fresh water resources is required. Our fresh water resources are already overburdened by human demands. The natural processes of our planet are not capable of sustaining our current needs and certainly not the future needs for fresh, potable water. Water is a limited resource that is the birth rite of every form of life indigenous to this planet. Water efficiency, conservation and management are a necessity not a past time. To this end, Water Conservation, Water Filtration, and Water Management Practices are our passion.
Regardless of our political, religious, personal views we will all be adversely affected to some degree by the lack of fresh water in the very near future. A great deal of the world already is.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Our team works together with architects, engineers, designers and contractors to offer water conservation solutions for large scale projects such as hotels, stadiums, schools, and municipal buildings. (Members of these professions are encouraged to contact us directly for custom pricing and quotes for large orders.) We also provide products to homeowners and small businesses who wish to reduce water waste, increase water quality and experience savings on utility bills. In the interest of better serving our clients, we have representatives positioned in North America, Central and South America, the United Kingdom and greater Europe. Additionally, we offer world-wide shipping for all of our products.
Each of our inventory items has been thoroughly investigated, tested, and approved with the consumer’s best interest in mind. AquaPro products are carefully constructed using UL, NSF, and WQA approved parts and media. Upon request, we will provide documentation to substantiate any claim we make regarding product life, performance, effectiveness or LEED points.
AquaPro Solutions strongly encourages sustainable practices and is in business to help people become better educated about the importance of water quality and water conservation, offer solutions for problems to consumers from our vast line of products, and to promote a greener, cleaner earth.
Combined with limited manufacturer’s warranties, our 60-Day Money Back Product Satisfaction Guarantee* allows to you make your purchase with ease of mind. We hold this policy as one of our core values. At AquaPro Solutions, you will receive post-sales service that cannot be rivaled. We believe that our job does not end with the sale. The AquaPro Solutions team will always be available to assist you with your questions and concerns.
AquaPro works together with architects, engineers and green builders to offer water conservation solutions for sustainable design projects. We also provide products to homeowners and small businesses who wish to reduce water waste, increase water quality and experience savings on utility bills. Headquartered in the United States, AquaPro has offices around the globe.