It can be easy to forget that water isn’t sustainable, that there’s a limit to it.

It can be easy to forget that water isn’t sustainable, that there’s a limit to it. Although it can be used over again, there’s still a finite amount. Facilities need to consider their role in water conservation. “The more that we understand about water conservation and how we can create impact to that, the better off we all are,” says Mike Orlando, director of sales for food service at T&S Brass. Orlando sees firsthand how water use can impact an organization. He offers ways to track water use to reduce it, while also saving money on running your facility. Installing a flow meter and conducting an audit will allow you to measure the water flow rate at the incoming water source and determine if it’s right for your needs. “A lot of times engineers and architects will put a product in place, and they assume it’s for one use, but it may or may not be used for that in the field,” Orlando says as a reason to conduct a water audit. He uses a hand sink as an example of how a flow meter can audit water use and determine if it’s right for how the sink is being used. Most hand sinks are set up with a 2.2-gallon-per-minute aerator—the flow is usually stenciled, stapled or engraved into...

EPA Updates its 3Ts Guidance for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water

Earlier this month, EPA released its updated 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water Toolkit, which provides guidance for schools and child care facilities seeking to ensure children are safe from lead in water.  The new 3Ts – an update to the agency’s 2006 guidance – is now a web-based toolkit that includes modules, customizable templates, and factsheets. Overall, the new toolkit is an improvement.  While the protocol itself is largely the same, the new toolkit is more user friendly and written for the non-technical audience, making it more likely that school and child care staff will use it.  EPA has also reframed the toolkit from “Training, Testing, and Telling” to “Training, Testing, and Taking Action” – placing more emphasis on the critical step of addressing lead sources than the previous version.  “Telling” is now integrated throughout the entire toolkit to highlight the importance of communication at every step. The agency has also developed a helpful flushing best practices factsheet, which is a topic that often causes considerable confusion. In EDF’s June 2018 report on our pilot of 11 child care facilities, “Tackling lead in water at child care facilities,” we recomme...