Water Efficiency

BUILDING SOLUTIONS

Jails/Prisons Detention Facilities

Intelligent Controls (Needs rewrite)

I-CON’s ENVISAGE® Water Management Console is designed for an intuitive, easy-to-use operator interface with your I-CON communicating series controllers. With the touch of a screen, a facility engineer or corrections officer can monitor, activate or change the run-times, adjust lockouts and with a single touch, lockdown individual cells or sections of any electronic plumbing fixture connected to the I-CON network.

Shower/Combination Units

The I-CON System uses a programmable microprocessor to operate and control showers. When the sensor/button is activated by the bather, it sends a signal to the controller which then signals the solenoid valve to open allowing tempered water to flow to the showerhead. The water will continue to flow until either the bather presses the sensor/button again, or the programmed run-time has expired.

Stainless Steel

  • Full line of fixtures available
  • Designed for high security areas
  • Fabricated using 14-gauge type 304 Stainless Steel
  • Exposed surfaces are polished to a satin finish
  • ADA compliant fixtures available
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Food Service

Dish Machines

Many large dish machines use far more water than is necessary for completing the wash cycle. Furthermore, the water supplied is heated by the DHW system and then again by booster heaters located at the dish machine. Installation of an efficient dish machine, will realize not only water savings, chemical savings, but an even larger energy reduction.

Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals, pot washers, and pulpling systems require water during the grinding process. Many times, the flow rate of water supplied greatly exceeds the manufacturer’s requirement. Simple flow restriction retrofits can be installed to reduce water consumption. There are also many instances where simply changing the way food waste is disposed of saves water and energy costs.

Pre-Rinse Sprayers

Pre-rinse sprayers present another opportunity for water conservation in most food service environments. These sprayers are used for a variety of functions, including removing food debris from dishware, vegetable washing, and general cleaning. Tray conveyors and tray wash stations will often incorporate stationary sprayers designed to pre-wash trays and other dishware as they pass through the station. Each of these systems can attribute a substantial portion of a food service facility’s overall water consumption.

Convection Steamers

Convection steamers use water to create steam in the cooking chamber. Many older models are both water and energy inefficient compared to what is available on today’s market. Newer steamers use only 20% of the water of older models and incorporate a vacuum system to allow steam to be formed at a lower temperature, therefore using much less energy.

Ice Machines and Refrigeration

Ice machines and refrigeration condensers can be cooled by once-through fresh water. Over the course of the year, this amount of water can equate to a substantial utility cost. Ice machines also present opportunities for conserving compressor energy by installing simple retrofits that will minimize the machine’s cooling load.

Sterilizers/Autoclaves (is this Sterilizer Vacuum)?

Sterilizers use water in two different areas. Since discharged steam condensate leaves the sterilizer at approximately 200oF, tempering water must be supplied before discharging to sewer drains. This is often achieved by a constant flow of fresh water. Secondly water is passed through a venturi to produce a vacuum in the sterilization chamber of vacuum sterilizers. Each of these areas can be retrofitted to dramatically reduce water consumption.

Pumps

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: PumpsPumps, compressors, and air conditioning condensing units can be water-cooled, using once-through fresh water.  Often times, the water supplied for cooling greatly exceeds the required amount, generating fresh-water waste.  Replacements or retrofits are available that can reduce the flow of the water, or eliminate it completely.

Sterilizer Condensate Tempering (not in google doc)

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Lab and Process Equipment

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: Lab and Process EquipmentHealthcare facilities contain many pieces of lab and process equipment that can be water-cooled, including linear accelerators, film processors, high powered microscopes, lasers, stills, medical air compressors, and medical vacuum pumps. Each of these systems present opportunities for replacement or retrofit that can reduce or eliminate water consumption all together.

Healthcare Solutions

Reverse Osmosis Systems

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: Reverse Osmosis SystemsReverse osmosis is used in healthcare facilities for the production of purified water. During the purification process normally 50% of incoming water containing all the filtered particulates is discharged to the drain. This water, though high in mineral content, often remains potable and can therefore be recirculated or recovered for alternative uses.

HVAC and Process Equipment

Condenser Water Treatment System

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Pumps, Compressors and Condensing Units

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: Pumps, Compressors and Condensing UnitsPumps, compressors, and air conditioning condensing units can be water-cooled, using once-through fresh water.  Often times, the water supplied for cooling greatly exceeds the required amount, generating fresh-water waste.  Replacements or retrofits are available that can reduce the flow of the water, or eliminate it completely.

Boilers and Cooling Towers

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: Boilers and Cooling TowersCooling towers use fresh make-up water to replace what is lost through evaporation and blow-down. Likewise, boilers use fresh make-up water that is lost through general system operation and small distribution line leaks. In many cases, sewer charges are billed for all make-up water, even though lost water does not enter the sewer drains.

Laundry

Ozone Systems

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: Ozone SystemsOzone systems are retrofits that can be added to existing high volume commercial washing facilities. Essentially, ozone systems pre-treat the water supplied to laundry washers/extractors. The benefits of ozone systems include: shorter wash times and reduced water consumption due to eliminated cycles, reduced energy consumption due to elimination of hot water for sanitization, and reduced operating costs due to reduction of chemical usage.

Front Load Washers

Traditional top load washers use a large amount of water during the wash and rinse cycles. Furthermore, 40-50% of the time this water is heated, associating an energy component to the washer consumption as well. New front load washer models use approximately 50% less water and 30% less electrical energy than their top load counterparts. The reduction in water also provides a reduction in water heating energy.

High Efficiency Dryers

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: High Efficiency DryersTypical residential dryers use heat and air flow to dry clothes. Many older dryers are inefficient at their drying process, utilizing the high energy electric heating coil for 60-75% of the dry cycle. Newer high efficiency dryers utilize less heat from the electric coil, and more air movement through the machine. This process allows clothes to dry faster and at a lower temperature, thereby using less energy and prolonging the life of clothing fabric.

Domestic Plumbing

Toilets and Urinals

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: Toilets and UrinalsA large portion of the building’s consumption can be attributed to use of toilets and urinals.  Older, inefficient equipment can be retrofitted or replace with new vitreous china and piston-type flush valves providing several benefits including decreased water consumption, more precise flow, reduce leakage, lower maintenance costs and product durability.

Shower Heads

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: Shower HeadsExisting shower heads can typically be retrofitted with new flow controls to effectively reduce water consumption by as much as 80%. These simple retrofits are available in a variety of different flow rates and flow types. Water Savers, LLC can match the perfect flow control based on the primary use of each individual shower head.

Lavatory, Kitchen and Lab-style Faucets

Water Efficiency Building Solutions: Lavatory, Kitchen and Lab-style FaucetsInnovative technology has provided a simple way to reduce water consumption from faucets. A pressure-compensating low-flow restrictor can effectively reduce consumption by as much as 60%. The new pressure-compensating technology eliminates low pressure problems typically found with first generation low-flow devices.  It is necessary to understand the proper application of these devices, especially in healthcare settings where infectious control is critical, as such laminar flow devices are more appropriate than aeration.

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