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The Global Water Crisis: Making a Positive Impact with Sustainable Water Treatment

  
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About the author: Anupam Bhargava is the CEO of Clearwater Systems - See Full Bio

 

 

 

The need for solutions to our growing global water crisis is real, although so many of us (individuals and businesses alike) take water for granted, rarely giving a second thought to how much we use.  A report issued by the United Nations in 2006 concludes that the global water crisis is largely the result of governance issues while others, particularly leading economists, cite a mix of government regulations, lack of property rights, and subsidizing in the water sector, resulting in low prices and high consumption.

It is a complex problem with many contributing factors, but one thing is painfully clear; while demands for water increase, current supply and infrastructure are woefully inadequate to meet these ever increasing demands.  The unfortunate truth is that approximately one billion people do not have reliable access to water that is safe to consume.  Without effective, wide-spread solutions, the crisis will only get worse.  
                                           

                                      
 
Businesses finding new ways to reduce water use: see how a landmark hotel in San Francisco is achieving dramatic water efficiency gains. See Dolphin WaterCare at the 1:50 mark.

When we think about the built enviroment, it is astounding how much water is consumed in the operation of commercial buildings alone.  On a daily basis, commercial office buildings in the United States alone consume 10 billion - yes, that's billion with a B - gallons of water, daily.  Not surprisingly, HVAC systems account for a substantial chunk of this daily usage.  This just underscores the varied opportunities we have to reduce our global water consumption and it is not limited to the well-known water consumers agriculture and residential.  Water resource efficiency in all aspects of civilization is clearly essential not only for the world's population today, but importantly for future generations.

It's easy to say we should all be more responsible when it comes to water usage, focusing on less waste.  While this is true, it will take a far greater effort to truly move the needle.  As a trusted provider of sustainable water treatment solutions, Clearwater Systems is committed to helping solve the world's most demanding sustainability challenges in buildings around the globe.

While there are many chemical water treatment options available for facility owners and operators, each have their own set of pros and cons.  Most traditional chemical treatment options feature corrosion inhibitors and biocides that negatively impact not only the environment, but human health. Additionally, chemical use and handling represents extensive risks for facility operators throughout the lifecycle of chemical process: transportation, storage and handling onsite, drift and evaporation from cooling towers, and disposal of chemical-laden discharge water.  The impact is felt further downstream as already overburdened water treatment plants have to treat the chemical-laden discharge water.

The proven Dolphin WaterCare solution for sustainable facility cooling water treatment offers numerous benefits without chemicals, including:

  • Pollution prevention

  • Water savings

  • Energy savings

  • Re-use of blowdown water for greywater applications

  • Reduced carbon footprint

  • Reduced operating expenses

  • Reduced EH&S risks

One of our customers, a flagship property with the largest hotel group in the world, is realizing tremendous water savings with Dolphin WaterCare which has helped them achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.  See how Dolphin WaterCare is helping this prestigious hotel: see the 1:50 mark in the video):



Today, progressive businesses want to do their part to conserve precious resources vital to life on our planet.  While water efficiency is highly important, eliminating hazardous chemicals used to treat cooling water is also critical, as many of these chemicals end up in waste water treatment facilities that are already over-strained.

As a trusted leader in sustainable water treatment, Dolphin WaterCare delivers tremendous impact not only in terms of the environment, but to our customers' bottom lines as well.  While no single area of focus will conquer our global water crisis, I am proud to lead a company that is improving water efficiency in the built environment.  After all, we all live downstream.

 

Clearwater Systems Celebrates Earth Day, Unveils LEED® Silver Certification Plaque for its Headquarters Facility

  
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Clearwater Systems celebrated Earth Day this week by unveiling the recently-earned LEED®  Silver certification for its headquarters building to assembled guests and employees.

“We are proud to be headquartered in this new LEED Silver-certified building,” stated Anupam Bhargava, CEO of Clearwater Systems. “This move exemplifies our mission and commitment to resource efficiency and further demonstrates that sustainability is not only a key attribute of our products, it is a foundational corporate value.”

 

Pictured (left to right): Clearwater Systems CFO Dean Nichols, Sales VP Bob Tierney, LEED AP, developers Michael Tyre, AIA, LEED AP and Lennie Leibenhaut, CTGBC Board Member, Vin Chiocchio.

 
 

The facility integrates a number of green building technologies and practices resulting in a tremendously energy efficient building and a healthy working environment for employees. For instance, the facility utilizes solar panel arrays on the roof that produce 19 kW of power annually and employs Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology for the heating and cooling system which provides exceptional efficiency and indoor air quality. The collective green features provide an estimated 35% savings on total energy consumption. The project was recognized with a Merit Award of distinction in 2012 by the Connecticut Green Building Council.

 

Clearwater's LEED Silver-Certified headquarters in Middletown CT

While the LEED certification is the first for a Clearwater Systems facility, the Dolphin WaterCare systemhas enabled customers to earn LEED points spanning over 350 green building projects to date. The company is focused on the design and delivery of advanced water treatment solutions that support building resource efficiency – primarily water and energy savings – while contributing to pollution prevention and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The well-attended event featured building developers Michael Tyre, AIA, LEED AP and Lennie Leibenhaut, the Clearwater Systems team and CTGBC Board Member, Vin Chiocchio.

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