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Simple Home Upgrades For World Water Day

Posted by Paul Patton, Guest Columnist

Mar 25, 2016 9:28:59 AM

A manufacturer of efficient faucets, fixtures and appliances says we all need to take action to reduce fresh water waste.

The World Economic Forum noted the water crisis is the number one global risk, as 663 million people lack access to safe water.1 In recognition of World Water Day, Delta Faucet Company, a 2015 WaterSense® Sustained Excellence Award winner, is working to educate consumers about how to increase water efficiency at home.

Water is precious and critical to conserve. While a global issue, water scarcity can hit close to home. In recent years, low rainfall and record-high temperatures resulted in a historically devastating drought in California. Some studies suggest the drought, which most believe started in 2011, is the worst the state has seen in more than 1,000 years. California is not alone as America is in the midst of one of the most sustained periods of increasing drought on record, according to the Palmer Index.

At Delta, we strive to provide smart solutions to help consumers address water efficiency in their homes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of their WaterSense program, has revealed that ten percent of homes leak 90 gallons of water or more per day.2 While leaks can go unnoticed, there are ways to address water-waste at home. For example, replacing older, inefficient toilets with WaterSense-labeled models can reduce toilet water use by 20 to 60 percent – nearly 13,000 gallons of water per year.2

One of the easiest water-efficiency upgrades to make at home is in the shower. With more water-efficient options available than ever before, consumers can rest assured they will not sacrifice their shower experience. The Delta In2ition two-in-one, multi-setting showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology provides a warmer, more drenching shower experience that blankets the body while using 20 percent less water than standard showerheads.

In the kitchen, the Linden pull-out faucet with the Multi-Flow feature delivers a stream and spray setting flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute for efficiency and a 2.0 gallon per minute stream setting for high performance – both more efficient than the industry standard of 2.2 gallons per minute. The kitchen faucet also offers Touch2O Technology, allowing users to turn the water on and off with a simple tap anywhere on the spout or handle.

Simple kitchen and bathroom upgrades can save water and potentially lower monthly bills. For additional information about water-efficient products and smart solutions, visit deltafaucet.com.

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A New Approach to Saving Water

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 17, 2016 9:53:16 AM

World Water Day is coming up on March 22.  The international day of observance is meant to bring light to water issues, which is nice in theory, but given the growing threat of droughts, floods, crumbling and toxic infrastructure, and rising sea levels, is water really receiving the attention it justifiably deserves?

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development created World Water Day in 1992 in an effort to set aside one day each year during which we recognize water quality and quantity issues. 

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The Five Best Green Building Ideas This Century (So Far)

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jan 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A lot of the really groundbreaking stuff going on in green building happens behind the walls, so of course you might never notice it.


The building industry is notoriously slow to change, but when the global recession hit a few years ago, smart builders carved a green niche to save their companies. Eco-friendly construction tends to continue, even when times are relatively bad, motivated by the idea of saving money on energy, water, and so on.

What's really changed in the past couple of decades? Here's my short list of some of the best and brightest ideas, and why they matter:

LED Lighting. Finally, we can stop cursing our compact fluorescent lamps. Unlike fluorescent lamps, which rarely live up to their promised of 10,000 hour lifespans, contain enough mercury to classify as hazardous waste and make your complexion look like undead zombie flesh, LED bulbs do it all. They' use a fraction of the energy of a CFL, come in dimmable versions that change color warmly, last up to 50,000 hours, and don't contain mercury. Win, win, win. Another new entry into this category are LED replacement lamps for fluorescent fixtures. This is a major upgrade in terms of both performance and sustainability. The common 4-ft. lamps in fluorescent lamps contain hazardous mercury, and we all know they don't last as long as they should. A comparable LED replacement lamp uses half the power, comes on instantly, and could last 50,000 hours, compared to about 8,000 hours for CFLs.

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50 Earth-Saving Ideas

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 15, 2015 10:07:39 AM

These innovations are improving lives and guarding against the impacts of climate change.

EVERY YEAR THE innovation platform Sustainia compiles a guide showcasing 100 solutions from around the globe that are already creating a more sustainable future.

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Managing Trees During Droughts

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 3, 2015 12:31:00 PM

Trees keep urban landscapes cool, beautify neighborhoods and retain stormwater, but droughts put trees at risk.

THIS INFOGRAPHIC, created by the California Urban Forests Council (CaUFC), provides valuable tips for keeping trees alive and healthy during droughts.

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Water Wars: EPA Rule Front and Center

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 21, 2015 8:23:32 AM

EPA’s Waters of the United States rule on the regulation of water pollution is creating polarity—and some unlikely allies.

For decades, farmers, businesses, developers, environmental groups, and elected officials have been confused by the scope of federal jurisdiction over the types of water bodies protected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act, which ensures the safety of drinking water.   To clarify its authority over water pollution control, the EPA proposed a controversial and widely criticized rule last year that would prevent the pollution of streams, tributaries, and wetlands that feed water sources.

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Drought Dilemma Challenges Unlimited Growth

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 16, 2015 9:09:00 AM

California’s drought is putting the concept of unlimited growth under severe scrutiny, and for good reasons. 

When it comes to water, California is running out of options—and time. Suffering through its fourth year of excruciating drought...the state’s snow pack is at an all-time low... Governor Brown has issued unprecedented water restrictions...surface and ground water is quickly drying up...and crop and pasture losses are escalating.

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Water Conservation: Leave It to Beavers?

Posted by Ron Jones

Sep 15, 2014 8:56:00 AM

Water should go—we all know—to those who tend it, who use it, who love it, who dance for it, and it should flow downhill from stream to river, and river to sea. – “Dancing for Water,” Stanley Crawford, 1990

LIKE ALL GUERILLA FIGHTERS, the beaver is most effective at night. The hours between dusk and dawn belong to him; under cover of darkness he is more than capable of overpowering our stubborn but feeble daytime efforts to keep the irrigation gate clear, the water flowing.

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Water Conservation by Stormwater Management

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 8, 2014 3:18:51 PM

We've let our stormwater get away from us. These water conservation practices can help clean it up and encourage it to stick around.

STORMWATER RUNOFF is rain or snowmelt that flows over the land without percolating into the soil. Stormwater occurs naturally, especially during large rain events, but nature’s sponge—the water-absorbing cover of trees, shrubs and other vegetation hugging our planet—usually takes care of the rest. Unfortunately, we’ve turned our world into a hard place. Paved sidewalks, asphalt parking lots, concrete curbs, streets, driveways, roofs and building facades—all of these impervious surfaces change the natural movement of water over the landscape, and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff.

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This Odor-Free Urinal Works Without Water

Posted by GBM Research

Jun 24, 2014 7:41:00 AM

By Klaus Reichardt

ADMITTEDLY, URINALS ARE NOT an everyday topic of conversation. And when it comes to homes and apartments, they almost never enter the discussion. However, that may be changing and changing very soon.

Home urinals, ranging in popularity, have been found in parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and even in India. However, the trend in the United States is still in its infancy. In addition, the economy, which has severely impacted the housing construction industry, has slowed things down considerably.

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VIDEO: Dual-Flush Toilet Converter

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 12, 2014 9:36:00 AM

SOMETIMES IN A BATHROOM REMODELING JOB, the homeowner wants to keep their current toilet, but would love to have a water-saving dual-flush toilet. Tap-n-Flush is a quick installed, universal flush converter that claims to work on any toilet without leakage. For landlords in particular, this could be a great, low-cost way to help save water and increase money savings. This video shows how to install it on most toilets.

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Just the Right Pressure

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Mar 26, 2014 10:46:00 AM

I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM MY FAILURES as a gardener. Back before I knew better, I used to unleash the full force of sprinklers and nozzle spray on my tomatoes, cucumbers and butternut squash. But inevitably, the plants would develop leaf mold, mildew or some other crippling disease, and I’d lose much of my crop. Now I understand that I was using too much pressure—adding too much water at the wrong time, aiming at the wrong part of the plant, expecting fast results.

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The Energy-Water Nexus

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 20, 2014 9:51:00 AM

Green Builder Media President Ron Jones has an ominous prediction: “If you think the oil wars are bad, wait until the water wars begin.” With severe drought conditions expanding across the globe, I fear that his warning may become a reality sooner, and more acutely, than we think.           

In this country, California, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia are on the frontline of the water crisis. Arizona just experienced its fourth warmest winter to date, causing water shortages across the state, and Texas is suffering through the lowest reservoir levels in 25 years.

After years of record water shortages (and several instances of narrowly dodging substantial inter-state litigation with its neighbors), Georgia is making major investments in upgrading its water infrastructure and has made a state-wide commitment to efficient and sustainable water use for agricultural applications, electricity generation, golf course irrigation, landscaping, as well as industrial, commercial, and domestic use.

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