World Water Day 2017: Wastewater
“The Water Guy”TM is a proud supporter of World Water Day 2017 and recognizes the importance of clean and sustainable water supplies. Celebrated annually on March 22nd, the United Nations sponsored event focuses attention on the importance of fresh water. The theme for this year’s World Water Day is “why wastewater.”
Over 663 million people are living without a safe and fresh water supply close to their homes.1 Instead of wasting water, we need to reduce and recycle our wastewater. In both industry and our homes, we can reuse our grey water (our once-used fresh water). By more efficiently utilizing our grey water we can ensure that water remains for all living things.
Every time that we use water, we produce wastewater. Here a few tips on how to help conserve fresh water:
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Turn off the tap when doing dishes or cleaning fruits or vegetables.
- Only run your dishwasher or clothing machine washer when you have full loads.
- Collect used water from your kitchen sick or bathtub to use on plants or in the garden. Collected water can also be used to wash your car.
- Eliminate leaks in your faucets, shower heads and toilets.
- Do not put toxic substances, such as solvents, degreasers, acids, oils, paints, disinfectants and pesticides, which WILL contaminate groundwater, down your drain.
With a continued focus on sustainability, “The Water Guy” has undergone several changes and procedures over the years to limit water usage and ensure sanitary wastewater recycling.
- The springs have undergone significant hydro-geological evaluations to assess any potential impact on local ground water levels and stream flows.
- The bottling plant uses an ultra-efficient cleaning method to reduce water usage when cleaning empty bottles.
- Our bottling plant has instituted a sophisticated ozone application to significantly reduce the use of chemical agents and cleaners when sterilizing water pipes, storage tanks, and finished products.
- By developing state-of –the-art techniques to treat the wastewater that would traditionally be discharged to sanitary waste. The new technology treats the water, meeting Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection standards, and re-introduces it into the environment.
Water passing through our homes is just part of the journey that water goes on through the water cycle. By reducing the quantity and the pollution of our wastewater and by safely reusing it as much as possible, we can protect our most precious resource. Since today is World Water Day, wherever you are and whatever you do, make it about water!