Monday, November 30, 2009

Wine To Water: Now Thats My Kind Of Hero

If you know me, you know that the preservation of our natural fresh water resources is my passion and that I believe clean healthy water is a birth right for all living creatures on this planet. Today I came across a news story that touches my heart. Doc Hendley is a resident of Blowing Rock, NC with whom I share a passion, a dream and a hope. For me this story hits close to home in many ways; literally and figuratively.

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.

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BRAVO Doc. My hat is off & my hand is out. Keep up the hard work.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Can I Save My Old Toilet or Should I Buy A New One?

Here's a great question submitted to on Nov 3, 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