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Dolphin WaterCare Helps California Hoteliers Respond to Drought

Posted by Mike Glynn on October 15, 2014 @ 11:32 AM



"You need not take more than a quick glance at the U.S. Drought Monitor to see that something is awry in California."  This is the lead to the recent article in Green Lodging News about resources available to help California hoteliers respond to the current and prolonged drought.

In June, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced it was sending IHG Green Engage Water Conservation Kits to 230 hotels in California, including Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn hotels to help do their part in further reducing their water use.

In its press release, IHG mentioned the many accomplishments of the InterContinental San Francisco, a LEED Gold hotel, that is saving an estimated two million gallons of water per year with low flow faucets, high-efficiency toilets, and a sustainable HVAC cooling water treatment system called Dolphin WaterCare. The Dolphin system alone is helping the hotel save approximately 1 million gallons of water annually. Previously, the hotel used traditional chemical-based water treatment for cooling water, which required routinely wheeling chemical-filled barrels through the main lobby and penthouse level hallway for delivery to the rooftop HVAC room. 


The sustainable Dolphin WaterCare system leverages pulse-power technology to impart a broad spectrum of electro-magnetic fields into the flowing cooling tower water. This removes the static charge from naturally-occurring particles present in cooling water and results in scale prevention, corrosion control, biological control, improved heat transfer, and a reduction in water use.  

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Topics: Anupam Bhargava, water efficiency, water re-use, sustainability, water treatment, california,, greenlodgingnews.com,, hotels,, hospitality,, Cost savings,, Jerry Brown,, drought,

Significant Water and Energy Savings Possible for Healthcare Facilities With Dolphin WaterCare

Posted by Mike Glynn on October 15, 2014 @ 10:30 AM



An oft-forgotten savings opportunity for healthcare and hospitals relates to how their cooling water is treated.  This opportunity is explored in latest issue of Business Energy Magazine which discusses how Dolphin WaterCare - the trusted leader in sustainable water treatment - is helping facilities improve their water and energy efficiency while also providing a safer environment for staff and patients.  

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Topics: Anupam Bhargava, water efficiency, sustainability, water treatment, hospitals,, healthcare,, energy efficiency,, Cost savings,

Water Re-use: How Businesses and Municipalities are Improving Water Availability

Posted by Mike Glynn on September 25, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

Water re-use at both the municipal wastewater level and the commercial building level is poised to deliver a dramatic increase in water availability to communities across the U.S..  This is the topic of Water Efficiency Magazine’s cover story in its current issue.

Water Re-use and Dolphin WaterCare; Water Efficiency Magazine cover storyThe article profiles progressive communities such as Orange County, CA who are utilizing reclaimed wastewater for potable water.  In water-challenged areas such as Southern California, these programs are allowing for the county to import less outside water and save money. 

While this type of progress at the wastewater level is sorely needed, there is also a growing demand for water re-use at the commercial building level.  As Clearwater CEO, Anupam Bhargava, notes: “Commercial/industrial buildings consume more than 10 billion gallons of potable water daily.  Much of that water goes into the cooling system of a building.  That’s an invisible water consumption that no one thinks about”.

In the article, Bhargava explains how the Dolphin WaterCare solution is enabling customers to re-use HVAC discharge water for greywater applications such as irrigation.  This ability to re-use water is helping to lessen the strain on over-burdened municipal water treatment plants.  Water re-use is just one of the many compelling benefits of the Dolphin WaterCare solution for sustainable water treatment.  In addition to water re-use, Dolphin customers typically see dramatic water savings, operational cost savings, improved facility safety, world-class HVAC system health, and the ability to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points.

To learn more about how the Dolphin WaterCare solution can impact water and operational cost savings, download this compelling infographic that details the water and environmental savings for a typical 1,200 ton cooling system treated with Dolphin WaterCare.

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Topics: Dolphin WaterCare, Anupam Bhargava, water efficiency, sustainable water treatment, water re-use, Clearwater Systems, LEED, sustainability, global water crisis

Low-hanging Fruit: LEED Points for Existing Buildings with Dolphin WaterCare

Posted by Mike Glynn on May 22, 2013 @ 04:20 PM

Key Takeaways:

  • Dolphin WaterCare can significantly improve building resource efficiency and contribute up to 7 LEED points for existing buildings

  • Dolphin WaterCare can be installed in less than a day and provide immediate economic and environmental benefits to facilities

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Increasing focus on Sustainability

With the continued focus on resource efficiency and sustainability within the building industry it is estimated that over 50% of all non-residential construction in the US will be rated as green.

The primary measurement system used in the US to quantify the amount of “greenness” or sustainability a building design has achieved is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). 


Dolphin WaterCare Reduces Water Demand

There are over 4.9 million commercial buildings in the U.S., and in aggregate, these buildings use significant quantities of water.  In a typical office building, the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system uses 33% of the total water demand.  Thousands of Dolphin WaterCare chemical-free water treatment systems have been deployed successfully around the world and have demonstrated a reduction in potable water use and wastewater discharges while achieving superior corrosion, scale and bacteria control.  And, because the water discharge or blow-down from a cooling system with Dolphin WaterCare is chemical-free, it can be reused (e.g., landscaping irrigation) to further reduce potable water demand.


LEED Points for Installing Dolphin WaterCare  

Dolphin WaterCare has been a solid contributor to the attainment of LEED points in over 350 buildings.  The majority of these LEED points have been for new construction, but about ten percent were for existing buildings.  In the LEED program Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM), Dolphin WaterCare contributes points in the following Credit Categories: 

  • Water Efficiency - Dolphin WaterCare has earned points for cooling tower water management and water efficient landscaping.  To earn (1) point for cooling tower water management, a plan must be developed and implemented.  The plan must address cooling water treatment, blow-down, biological control, and maintenance training.  Dolphin WaterCare has written these plans for past projects, which can be readily customized for new opportunities.  Additional points (up to 5) can be attained under the category of water efficient landscaping if the cooling tower blow-down is reused for irrigation.  If this reuse results in a 50% reduction in potable water for irrigation, 1 point is awarded.  If 100% reduction is attained, 5 points are awarded (intermediate levels are 2 points for 62.5%, 3 points for 75%, 4 points for 87.5%).

  • Innovation in Operations – Dolphin WaterCare has earned a 1 point for this category.  This credit is earned by completing a submittal that addresses specific areas of interest by the USGBC.  These are environmental benefits, compliance, and performance metrics achieved by deploying the Dolphin WaterCare system.  Dolphin WaterCare has created this submittal for a majority of its 350 LEED certified projects and has consistently been successful in earning the 1 point credit in this category. 

Other Credit Categories where Dolphin WaterCare could potentially earn LEED points include: 

  • Indoor Environmental Quality – through the elimination of chemicals, Dolphin WaterCare reduces the exposure of building occupants and the surrounding community to potentially harmful contaminants. 

  • Regional Priority – Dolphin WaterCare can earn points on regulatory priorities in geographic regions. 

  • Innovation in Operations: Exemplary Performance – Dolphin WaterCare can earn points though improving water efficiency metrics.


Dolphin WaterCare Staff Handles Support Documentation for LEED Point Submittals

Dolphin WaterCare works directly with project managers on LEED projects to obtain required information and generate the actual LEED submittal package.  Essentially, Dolphin WaterCare does all the paperwork to expedite the acquisition of LEED points.  Dolphin WaterCare also provides its contact information to respond to any inquires of the USGBC review board regarding the submittal package.  


In a Nutshell:

We have been a member of the USGBC since 2001. The Dolphin WaterCare non-chemical treatment system for cooling towers has earned LEED points on more than 350 projects. Since 2003, Dolphin WaterCare has proven to be a powerful asset to architects and engineers working to achieve LEED certification for their building projects.  We can help you attain LEED points and deliver significant savings to your bottom line while delivering world-class water treatment that ensures peak performance of your cooling system.  Sign up for a free assessment to see how Dolphin WaterCare can help you reach your sustainability goals (and reduce operating costs!).

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Download this detailed whitepaper showing how the Dolphin System can qualify for 1-7 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points for Existing Buildings.

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Topics: Dolphin WaterCare, water efficiency, Clearwater Systems, LEED, sustainability, Green Building, LEED for existing buildings, Innovation Points, USGBC, building resource efficiency