Waterless Co’s Earth Day Message
Waterless Co., Inc., leading manufacturer of no-water urinals and other restroom products, based in Vista, Calif., took the opportunity surrounding Earth Day 2012 to remind building owners, managers, and facility service providers of the close interconnection between water usage and energy conservation.
According to Klaus Reichardt, founder and CEO of Waterless, drilling for water, storing water, and delivering water to and from facilities uses a considerable amount of energy.
“This means if we can conserve water and use it more efficiently, we can also save energy,” explains Reichardt.
For example, at least 19 percent of all the energy currently used in California is expended just to transport water. Taking this a step further, some experts now believe most of the energy consumed in the Western half of the United States is in some way related to water production or delivery.
“In many ways, all of our conservation and sustainability efforts are interconnected in some way,” says Reichardt. “But with water, the connection with energy–and, with that, the need for imported oil–is rather dramatic.”
Reichardt suggests that..North Americans should try to view turning on a water tap as they would turning on a power generator: “Do it, but do it wisely.”