The Water Footprint: a new sustainability standard

The water footprint is as or even more important than the carbon footprint. Global warming garners the headlines using the carbon footprint as the accepted sustainability measurement tool. The fact water is immediately essential to sustaining life seems ignored. Ei intends to bring the water footprint to center stage through the Water Use | Toxicity platform.

In the ZWA Blog post, Zero WATER Waste: more than a goal, a necessity, the foundation for Ei’s Water Use | Toxicity Platform is established.

The initial focus is on water reduction in areas where the “spent water” released into sewer systems or other waterways is laden with toxic chemicals. Thus, water use and toxicity are addressed in unison.

Simple solutions save water, along with toxic agent use, and make good business sense for companies, the communities, and the environment.

Two Water Use | Toxicity Initiatives are announced or in the formation process:

Cooling Tower Blowdown:

A simple solution saves tremendous toxic chemical-laden water

Cooling tower water must be treated to prevent scale, corrosion and bio-fouling. By eliminating the hardness in source water, scale does not build up; corrosion and biological grown are effectively controlled. Thus, the use of chemical additives and "blowdown" are eliminated, tremendous water is saved and water laden with toxic chemical additives is no longer released into the sewer system.

Conscious Cleaning:

Beyond green cleaning

Though they are an improvement over toxic-cleaning solutions, many green cleaning products are synthetic in nature and may pose harm to individuals and the environment. Conscious cleaning solutions cause no harm whether ingested via breath or swallowing or flushed into sewer systems. In addition to cleaning solutions, the Ei CCI addresses cleaning protocol, supplies used, and the carbon footprint inherent within janitorial programs.