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Solar Desalination Takes a Giant Step Forward

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Desalination is the process of extracting salt from seawater. We have written in the past about the challenges of desalination. In a previous post, we talked about the drawbacks of desalination including the huge amount of fossil fuel required to generate enough power to work, the challenge of disposing of the resulting concentrated brine, and the cost of transporting the desalinated water to other areas not near the coast.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage

The Xeros Solution in Action During  California Drought

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Xeros has been working diligently to help hotels based in California reduce their water consumption in laundry operations. Several establishments have implemented Xeros' near-waterless laundry system with great results. The state of California is still enveloped in one of the worst droughts on record, and state officials have responded by passing mandatory water restrictions. Statewide, businesses are expected to cut their water consumption by 20 percent or face stiff penalties.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage, California Drought, Drought, Hotels

Stanford Park Hotel Cuts Laundry Water Use by 78% in CA Drought

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In Menlo Park, California resides the Stanford Park Hotel, which is lauded as one of the finest hotels in the state. As recorded on the Stanford Park Hotel website, the hotel has “been a AAA Four Diamond property for over 25 consecutive years.” The hotel offers many fine amenities, colonial-inspired architecture, and convenient access to the heart of Silicon Valley.  However, like many other businesses in theState of California, the hotel has had to deal with the effects of the severe drought that has been affecting the state for the last few years.  Two of the major effects of the drought that have affected business include: An Increase in the Cost of Water. Water rates for the Menlo Park, California-based hotel are a staggering $19.15 per 1000 gallons as compared to the $3.60 per Ccf (Centum Cubic Feet) charge in an east-coast state such as Virginia (source: Richmondgov.com). Water Use Restrictions. Because of the drought, mandatory water restrictions have been put in place throughout the state, with hefty fines for businesses that violate restrictions. The hotel took several proactive action to reduce water consumption. One of these actions was to reduce the water consumption of their in-house laundry operation by installing two Xeros polymer bead commercial laundry systems.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage, Drought, Hotels

Oh Canada! Sustainable Xeros Polymer Bead Laundry System Now Available

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Any visitor to Canada will tell you - it’s a country blessed with both beauty and natural resources.  Read More

Topics: Polymer Beads, Sustainability, Water Shortage

Can this be true? Water Shortages in the Caribbean?

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Given the press coverage, everyone should be familiar with the epic drought currently affecting California. But how many are aware of the one facing the Caribbean? While drought is not an unexpected thing in arid California, it is surprising that a range of tropical islands famed for rainforests, hurricanes, and over 100 inches of rainfall would suffer from a lack of drinking water - but it’s true. Despite being surrounded on all sides by water, it’s all saltwater and most islands in the Caribbean are largely dependent on rainfall for their drinking water. This amount of rainfall varies widely among the islands but many of them rely on “feast or famine” patterns between the wet and dry season.  Read More

Topics: Environment, Sustainability, Water Shortage

3 Amazing Sustainable Water Technologies

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Water is one of the most precious resources on this Earth. Without it, humanity could not survive. Yet, we all too often treat it like some unlimited resource that will never run out.  Read More

Topics: Environment, Sustainability, Water Shortage, Water Conservation

Who Said People Can’t Change? Californians Rise to Water Conservation

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They say bad habits are hard to break but Californians are doing so in rising to the water conservation challenge. Residential water usage dropped a whopping 29% in the month of May after Governor Jerry Brown called for sweeping water consumption reductions in the face of a historic drought.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage, Water Conservation

Opting for Water Conservation instead of Conflict

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We are all-too-familiar with wars for oil but wars over water? Oil cost multiple dollars per gallon and is a trillion dollar industry while water is free and covers 70% of the Earth’s surface. Why fight? It’s all an illusion. While water is seemingly plentiful only 1% of it is usable by humans. Consider a human can live, at most, three days without it and it’s actually one of our most precious resources.  In America we take water for granted but the fact is water is in short supply in many parts of the world. An American taking a five minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for the entire day. Worldwide, 780 million people lack access to clean clean water, and 3.4 million die each year from from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage, Water Conservation, Green Technology

Water Use Habits are Hard to Break

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When it comes to human survival in the wild, it helps to think of the "Rule of Threes": a person can live three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. It's clear water is very important to human life.  Now consider water, our second most precious resource after the air itself, covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface, but less than 1% is available for human use. Water, seemingly abundant, is actually a finite resource and precious commodity. Worldwide, 780 million people lack access to clean water, and 3.4 million die each year from a water-related disease.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage, Water Conservation, Green Technology

Help Xeros Save the World’s Water for World Oceans Day

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Water is one of the most precious elements in the world. Without water, life as we know it cannot exist. Plants and animals alike rely on water for sustenance in one form or another. Humans rely on water for not only nourishment, but for everyday tasks such as cleaning and bathing. Communities both large and small need access to fresh, clean water to survive. Despite this, many seem to take water for granted. Nearly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, which leads many to assume that water is an endless resource and that they have no impact on the health of the Earth’s oceans. However, everyone has an impact on the world’s oceans. Every piece of trash that winds up in the sea, every chemical, can adversely affect ocean life, and life on the rest of the planet as well. In recognition of this fact, the Canadian government proposed a World Oceans Day before the United Nations General Assembly in 1992.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage, Water Conservation