Thursday, August 27, 2009

Here is an AP comment posted in reply to a New York Times blog post about weather modification. You can read the original posting @

AquaPro reply:
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

When you think "Greening" consider "The Forgotten Factor"

I am seeing lots of articles lately about business efforts to lower energy consumption. Below is my reply to an article posted on the Green, Inc blog for the New York Times.

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

Cooperative venture to assist hospitality industry lower overhead & improve water efficiency

AquaPro Solutions has partnered with Aqua Environmental Resource Center and Asheville Green Plumbing in developing an industry specific water conservation program. The program is designed to help lower operating cost and improve water efficiency for the hospitality and housing industries. The pilot program will be available to owners of hotels, motels, condominiums, housing & apartment complexes in the Western North Carolina region. The program will offer an upgrade to existing facilities that includes converting toilets into a Dual Flush High efficiency toilet, replacing showerheads' with a water saving 1.5gpm multi-function pressure compensating showerhead and replacing the faucet aerator with a water saving 0.5gpm tamper resistant aerator. Cost to qualifying businesses is $125.00 per bathroom which includes labor to install the EPA Water Sense Approved products. The upgrade will cut water consumption per room by approximately 30%. This will result in lowered annual operating costs and a substantial increase in water efficiency. Resource for this pilot program are limited and available on a qualifying basis. For details on this program send inquiries to:


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"The Forgotten Factor"

As is typically the case, one of our most important "greening" opportunities’ is overlooked or at least goes without mention. I am coining the phenomenon as "the forgotten factor"; the direct relationship between improving water efficiency and reducing energy consumption.
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

What is a Flapperless Toilet?

This is revolutionary flush technology. I love it when manufacturers think outside the box. It's about time someone redesigned the gravity flush toilet. This is so simple you have to wonder why it hasn't been done sooner. Maybe the flapper manufacturing companies had something to do with keeping the simplicity of this design off the market?

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
“tipping bucket”
• 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
ebate standards
• 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-

This is probably the smartest toilet design on the market.
That’s what I think. What do you think?