Mandating water efficiency

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We use drip irrigation where possible, especially in parking lot islands, which has the added benefit of reducing cost for repairing water damage on asphalt.

And we use master valves with flow sensing as much as possible to prevent water loss due to main line breaks and stuck valves.

Clint Collins, senior director, landscape operations, Irvine Company Office Properties, was recently a special guest in an "Outsmarting the Drought" webinar series, presented by Hydro Point Data Systems.

Collins spent 28 years with Valley Crest Landscape; is a member of the board of directors BOMA/O.

Until November 2009, I still had my mother’s old machines that were 20-ish years old, and they worked great, for years, before they both began to slowly poop out.

When the dryer ceased to dry in one cycle, and the agitator on my washing machine began to puncture numerous holes in my clothes, it was time to get new appliances.

Collins: Well, the medians, for us, happen to be in one of our most important areas in Newport Beach.

So, there's no way we can just have dead turf medians-that just doesn't work-so, basically, we're going to have to look at other alternatives, including re-landscaping with drip [irrigation] and drought-tolerant shrubs.

Please visit https://gov.sg/savewater/atwork/efficiencymeasures to find out more about the fund.The requirements of Water Efficiency Management Practices, under Part IVA of the Public Utilities (Water Supply) Regulations, came into effect from January 2015.Und​er the Water Efficiency Management Practices, it is mandatory for large water users with net water consumption of at least 60,000 m in the previous year (i.e. Submit a notification to PUB by 31 March (for specified consumers*) or 30 April (for non-specified consumers) for their different sites meeting this water consumption threshold. Install private water meters at key water usage areas within their premises by 30 June to track and monitor water usage. Submit their annual Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) to PUB by 30 June for at least three consecutive years. Appoint at least one Water Efficiency Manager by 30 June * Specified consumers - Consumers who hold one or more water accounts with PUB for water supplied to the site and the volume of water used under these account(s) in the preceding calendar year is at least 60,000 m³.…All high efficiency, high-speed spin washers (both top and front-load) invariably possess a motherboard and a host of electronic parts, and according to those who repair them for a living, washers crammed with multiple electronic sensors, touchpads, digital displays, and miniaturized circuit boards tend to need more frequent repair — i.e. They must be kept on an electrical circuit with functioning surge protection, because their vulnerable and expensive solid-state components can easily degrade or burn out with electrical power surges.The writer points out that the federal government's 2007 Energy Star standards have, for the most part, eliminated the traditional design for washing machines because those machines cannot obtain the government's certifications, unlike the newer devices that manufacturers have turned out to specifically meet federal requirements.

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