You hear it everywhere you turn these days: Go Green, Go Green, Go Green! Since 1996, PHSI’s Pure Water Technology® has been at the forefront of the “Go Green” movement. Drinking water from Pure Water Technology water purification systems doesn’t subject our environment to the pollution that bottled water coolers do during their manufacturing and delivery processes. By replacing bottled water and old-fashioned filter coolers in your workplace with Pure Water Technology, you and your employees will enjoy pure, delicious, oxygenated drinking water that is better for you and better for our planet.
Pure Water Technology of San Diego maintains the highest sustainability standards both in our product selections and daily business practices.
Examples include but are not limited to:
· “Green” high grade purification technology reduces company carbon footprint.
· All parts of units are recyclable and are recycled at the end of life so nothing ends up in landfills.
· Stripping and recycling all used filter casing and recycle locally (only vendor known to follow this practice).
· Systems are Energy Star rated and can be programmed to go dormant for any given amount of time.
· Systems yield a high amount of water before needing to be serviced, significantly reducing the need for constant visits to the location and frequent filter changes.
· The frame of the PWT units is steel versus plastic to ensure less landfill impact.
· PWT purifiers use stainless steel holding tanks to ensure optimal sanitization and eliminate the use of more plastics.
· PWT purifier certifications include the environmental production standard ISO 14001 and ISO 9001, NSF/ANSI 42, 53, 58, UL and WQA Certified.
· In house we recycle all materials including housings, plastics bags, paper, etc.
· We work with vendors that provide earth friendly products and services.
· We organize our install and service schedules efficiently to minimize time on the road.
· We use technology such as smartphones & iPads to enter all data real time into electronic database significantly reducing paper waste.
We all know bottled water is expensive and it’s not environmentally friendly but are you aware of the effects on your health and to your future access to water?
Public water is threatened everyday by the bottled water industry which takes public water resources to resell in plastic “convenience” bottles. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), in 2014 the total volume of bottled water consumed in the United States was 11 billion gallons, a 7.4% increase from 2013. That’s 11 billion gallons of water taken every year in the United States from our municipal resources and then sold back to the community at 1900 times the price of tap water.
Besides the obvious inflated pricing and privatization of water a more severe component to the industry is the gross amount of pollution that is pummeled into our environment on a daily basis through the manufacturing, processing, distributing and disposal of the product. In the US alone over 50 billion tons of oil is used to produce bottled water as well as gross amounts of energy and resources. To top it off, only 1/3 of plastic bottles get recycled so billions end up in landfills and our oceans which continue to threaten our already vulnerable marine life and our marine food web.
· By 2030 2/3 of the world will lack clean drinking water.
· 75% of the earth’s surface is covered in water but only 1% is drinkable
· Bottled water companies are stealing our access to water by collecting it at no cost and then repackaging it at 1900X the cost of tap water. This occurs all while the public has to make concessions for the lack of available water.
· Of the 80 million single serve bottles that Americans use daily 30 million ends up in landfills or the ocean.
· International recycling rates on beverage contains is 50% with the US falling behind at about 20% a number which declines every year.
· Plastics pose an immediate and urgent threat compromising our entire marine food web.
· All bottles are made from PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate).
· Plastic water bottle manufacturing uses 714 million gallons of oil every year.
· Large refineries such as the Nestle Company one based in Corpus Christi, TX are making locals sick because of the ground, soil and air pollution created from the factory. There is documentation of increased cancer, respiratory disease and birth defects occurring in the local community.
· BPA (Bishphynal A) which most plastic bottles and 5 gallon jugs are made with is highly toxic acting in low doses as estragen.
· BPA is linked to cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, ADD, ADHD, liver and ovarian disease and lowered sperm count in men.
· Only 1 person in the FDA is relegated to overseeing the entire bottled water industry. Additionally FDA only regulates water moved from state to state and not water that is produced and sold within state lines which makes up about 70% of the water sold.
· Tap water is highly regulated for safety whereas bottled water is not. For example, for a city of a million residents the municipal water company has to test their water 300 times a month and make it public record. The bottled water companies are not required to test their water or make it public record.
· Bottled water is sold at 1900x the cost of tap water and most bottled water is tap water.
· The cost of bottled water is higher than the cost of gas.
· Nestle is one of the biggest profiteers from bottled water.
· Coke, Nestle and Pepsi are able to take water while local residents are placed under. restrictions of usage due to the lack of available water.
· Right now little or no laws exist to protect the public’s water from being taken by the bottled water companies. This creates privatization of water and inflated water prices.
**Above quotes are resourced from the 2007 documentary Tapped which that explores the bottled water industry and its long-term effects socially, economically and ecologically.
What can I do?
Changing the cultural mindset of “convenience” is paramount because multi-billion dollar companies don’t accidentally happen, they thrive because of consumer demand. Bottled water and many other single use products are frivolous while simple, environmentally friendly and affordable solutions are readily available to take their place.
For example, you can save a ton of money and the environment by purchasing your own in home or office filtration system. They are cost effective, are available whether you rent or own and often times have better quality filtration than bottled water. And, for those who want that convenience “on the go”, try purchasing a personal filter bottle that you can carry around and fill from any tap. Some last up to 100 gallons before needing filter changes which alone replaces 800, 16 oz plastic water bottles!!
As most everyone is aware, San Diego is suffering a severe drought which isn’t surprising considering our climate however, what you may find surprising is that we are not the only ones. A recent study reported by the New York Times, stated that as of April 2015, over 37% of the country is experiencing moderate to severe droughts.
Climate change is a primary factor why these droughts are occurring and continue to worsen over time and is exasperated by environmental pollution. Obviously the more sustainable of a society we become, the better chance we have to reverse these negative effects permanently.
Until then, as individuals of a community and City we love we need to be conscious and respectful of our water consumption and take steps to save where we can.
Not sure where to start? The City of San Diego has put together a list of simple ways to save water at home.
· Set lawn mower blades one notch higher since longer grass reduces evaporation. Leave grass clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.
· Mulch, compost and wood chips are available at the Miramar Greenery.
· Don’t allow children to play with the hose or have water fights. Instead, visit one of the City’s public pools or one of our many beaches.
· If you have a pool, use a cover to cut down evaporation. This will also keep your pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals.
· Plant drought-tolerant landscaping.
· When doing the laundry, never wash less than a full load.
· Remove clothes from washer promptly, to avoid having to rinse or wash them a second time.
· If possible, invest in a high-efficiency washer.
In The Bathroom
· While waiting for hot water to come through the pipes, catch the cool, clean, water in a bucket or a watering can. You can use it later to water plants, run your garbage disposer, or pour into the toilet bowl to flush.
· Replace your regular showerheads with low-flow showerheads.
· Keep your showers down to five minutes or less using a low-flow showerhead.
· Turn the water off while lathering-up in the shower. Then turn the water back on to quickly rinse.
· Take shallow baths, no more than 3 inches of water.
· Replace your older model toilets with new ultra-low-flush models.
· Check your toilets for leaks. Drop a dye tablet or a teaspoon of food coloring (avoid red) in the tank. If color appears in the bowl after 15 minutes, you probably need to replace the “flapper” valve.
· Flush the toilet only when necessary. Never use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
· Never let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
In the Kitchen
· Hand wash dishes just once a day using the least amount of detergent possible and a dishpan instead of running water. Use a sprayer or short blasts of water to rinse.
· If you have a dishwasher, run it only when you have a full load.
· Scrape food scraps off dishes into the garbage can, or rinse them off with very short blasts of water.
· Never use hot, running water to defrost frozen foods. Plan ahead and place frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or use the microwave oven.
· Rinse vegetables and fruits in a sink or a pan filled with water instead of under running water.