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Droughts Continue in the U.S.

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There are a number of regions in the world that are poised for a “day zero” water crisis, when water reservoirs will eventually run dry. Cape Town, South Africa has been able to postpone this crisis due to extreme conservation efforts however there are other areas that are quickly running out of water including Iraq, India, Morocco, and Spain. (Source: The Guardian)  Read More

Topics: Drought, Water Scarcity

How Xeros Low-Water Washing Machines Make a Permanent Difference to Drought-Plagued Businesses

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The historic drought that plagued California from 2012 to early 2017 has finally ended, but that doesn't mean life in the sun-drenched state is just going to return to the way it was before.  When California Governor Jerry Brown announced the end of the state's emergency drought requirements in April, he noted that the next drought "could be around the corner." Water conservation, he said, needs to be "a way of life."  Read More

Topics: Drought

Drought Conditions to Persist In North America through Winter 2017

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La Nina was ushered in this week and it is expected to be short-lived. La Nina is the opposite of El Nino, meaning the central Pacific Ocean is cooler than normal and that affects weather patterns around the globe. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued the U.S. Winter Outlook on October 20 and stated that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year.  Read More

Topics: Drought

How Industrial Laundry Operations Can Weather Drought

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As Southern California continues to struggle with extreme drought conditions, businesses that traditionally consume large amounts of water—like industrial laundry operations—have been forced to find ways to conserve. However, the problem isn't simply confined to that one corner of the globe.   Read More

Topics: Industrial Laundry, Drought

Fighting the California Drought on Catalina Island With Water-Saving Laundry

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In the face of an historic California drought, business owners on Catalina Island—which is already considered a desert environment—have been pushed to implement new water conservation initiatives.   Read More

Topics: Drought

Drought Update: Water Conservation Needs to Be Top of Mind

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I can’t recall a month with more perfect weather days in New England than this past June, warm sunny days with low humidity.  The unfortunate downside to this spectacular weather has been that my grass which is usually a beautiful green in June is brown as is the lawns of my neighbors.  We here in New England are getting a slight taste of what the folks on the west coast have been experiencing over the last several years with the historic Californian drought.  Read More

Topics: California Drought, Drought

Caribbean Hotels Facing Cancellations Due to Water Shortage

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After a quiet hurricane season in the Caribbean, the islands are experiencing worsening effects of the ongoing drought as the dry season approaches. The lack of rainfall is exacerbating the effects of the drought with no relief in sight. In fact some hotels are facing cancellations due to the water shortage. In a previous post, we talked about how meteorologists believe that the drought is one of the effects of El Nino weather patterns.  Read More

Topics: Drought, Caribbean

Catalina Laundry Drastically Cuts Water Usage with Near-Waterless Laundry System

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22 miles off the coast of Southern California lies the idyllic destination of Catalina. This popular family friendly vacation spot for Californians is just 21 miles long and 8 miles across at its greatest width.  It boasts clean air, crystal-clear water and in contrast with Los Angles not a single traffic light.   Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Drought

Will the El Niño Storms Help California out of its Historic Drought?

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The Pacific area is being hit this week with back to back storms due to the El Niño weather pattern. Earlier this week floods saturated California with record rain and the rains are expected to continue for days, so severe that a flash flood warning has been issued by The National Weather Service.   Read More

Topics: California Drought, Drought

El Nino Expected to Worsen Caribbean Drought

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After a quiet hurricane season in the Caribbean, the islands are bracing for worsening effects of the ongoing drought as the dry season approaches. The lack of rainfall is exacerbating the effects of the drought with no relief in sight. Meteorologists believe that the drought is one of the effects of El Nino weather patterns. According to LiveScience, El Niño is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns. The cycle begins when warm water in the western tropical Pacific Ocean shifts eastward along the equator toward the coast of South America. Normally, this warm water pools near Indonesia and the Philippines. During an El Niño, the Pacific's warmest surface waters sit offshore of northwestern South America. According to a recent forecast by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), El Niño has an 80 percent chance of lasting into early spring 2016, and a greater than 90 percent chance lasting through the upcoming winter. El Nino typically produces a quieter hurricane season.  Read More

Topics: Drought