pottygirl’s blogging year 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 90 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 198 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 171kb.

The busiest day of the year was May 3rd with 93 views. The most popular post that day was Who’s To Blame For The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Look In The Mirror..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, greenhomeguide.com, search.aol.com, linkedin.com, and google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for penta water scam, caroma toilet reviews, the great pacific garbage patch facts, water conservation, and water scams exposed.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Who’s To Blame For The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Look In The Mirror. September 2009
1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

10 drinking water scams exposed November 2009
1 comment

3

Toilet Rebate Programs in the US February 2009
5 comments

4

Caroma Toilet Review | H2O Report October 2009

5

City of Raleigh, NC WaterSense toilet replacement rebate program June 2010
2 comments

Free “Go With the Flow” Toilet Distribution Event Saturday, September 25, 2010

Source http://www.arlingtontx.gov/water/waterconservation.html
The City of Arlington’s conservation program is part of a regional effort to help plan for future water supply needs and meet the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Water Development Board. With reservoir levels decreasing and water capacity below normal, the City of Arlington is asking residents and businesses to comply with city ordinances and use water wisely.

Free “Go With the Flow” Toilet Distribution Event
Saturday, September 25, 2010

The City of Arlington water conservation plan focuses on programs that help residents use water more efficiently today so that a reliable water supply will be available in the future. One program that has been developed is the free “Go With the Flow” Toilet Distribution Event that will occur on Saturday, September 25, 2010. A total of 500 toilets will be provided to pre-qualified Arlington residents that still have an older, high water use toilet and a good standing account with Arlington Water Utilities. Replacing older toilets with high-efficiency models can potentially save a family of four up to $90 a year in reduced water and wastewater costs.

Free “Go With the Flow” Toilet Distribution Event Eligibility Guidelines:

1) Participant must be a City of Arlington resident with a good standing account with Arlington Water Utilities; and

2) Residence or bathroom addition must have been built before 1992; and

3) Requested toilet must replace an older large-capacity toilet that uses more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

To apply for the Free “Go With the Flow” Toilet Distribution Event please click here.

For questions, e-mail Dustan Compton at dustan.compton@arlingtontx.gov or call 817-459-6628.

REALTORS® Defeat Toilet Retrofit at Resale Ordinance, Pledge Support for Expanding Rebate Program

The Atlanta City Council has rejected a controversial proposal that would have linked a mandate to replace older toilets and plumbing fixtures to residential and commercial real estate transactions, which is commonly known as “retrofit at resale.”

via REALTORS� Defeat Toilet Retrofit at Resale Ordinance, Pledge Support for Expanding Rebate Program.

Lack of money for rebates halts Inland distribution of water-saving toilets

Source http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_toilets02.48120c7.html

By LAURIE LUCAS
The Press-Enterprise

 
Western Municipal Water District’s participation in a program that this week will finish delivering 1,500 water-saving toilets at no cost to Riverside County homes, hotels and commercial buildings is in limbo because of doubt about whether Western will receive promised rebates.

In the past three months, the Mission Inn, UC Riverside and March Air Reserve Base received a total of 1,000 of the toilets, and 500 went to Corona, mostly to multifamily residences such as apartments.

One low-flow toilet will save about 2 gallons per flush or 4,800 gallons a year, according to Clay Monroe, water conservation coordinator with Riverside Public Utilities.

But the program was suspended because of the uncertainty of reimbursement from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, said Tim Barr. He’s the water use efficiency manager for Western, which covers 527 square miles serving 853,000 people in the Jurupa Valley, Corona, Norco, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and Temecula. Besides Riverside, the city of Corona also worked closely with Barr to promote the project.

Metropolitan’s blanket program, “SoCal Water$mart” was designed as a conservation incentive for the 26 cities and agencies that buy its water in six counties for 19 million people. Rebates on high-efficiency toilets and other equipment had been available to residents of areas that receive MWD water, including Eastern and Western municipal water districts in Riverside County and Inland Empire Utilities Agency in western San Bernardino County.

Barr said Western drew up its own marketing campaign touting low-flow toilets.

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William Wilson Lewis III / The Press-Enterprise
Michael Franchek, vice president of sales and marketing with Ecogreen Services, removes a 3.5-gallon toilet from an apartment in Riverside.

8,000 INSTALLED

Eastern installed 8,000 of the low-flow toilets this last fiscal year. The agency has shelved requests for another 1,500 until Metropolitan resolves its budget problems. Perris-based Eastern serves an area from Moreno Valley south to Temecula and east to Hemet and San Jacinto.

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency installed 4,256 low-flow toilets this last fiscal year. Chino-based Inland serves the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, and Upland as well as the Cucamonga Valley and Monte Vista Water Districts and the Water Facilities Authority.

Initially, Metropolitan agreed to pitch in anywhere from $50 to $100 per toilet; Western would pick up the rest of the cost from its rate payers. But because Metropolitan didn’t have the money to cover the overwhelming demand for rebates, Western could be on the hook for anywhere from $65 to $110 per toilet, Barr said. “So Metropolitan is suspending its commercial program from three to six months until after an audit and they figure out how to go forward,” Barr said.

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Low-flow toilets save about 2 gallons per flush, or 4,800 gallons a year, conservation experts say.

MWD’s regional rebate program is $24 million in the hole. The program started with $20 million, which doubled last February. Those resources dried up in May and the board turned off the spending tap until an audit is complete. A report is expected at the next board meeting, July 14.

The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, the regional equivalent of Metropolitan, serving 700,000 water users over 350 square miles, might offer a similar water conservation program, according to Douglass Headrick, deputy general manager. “We’re watching to see how this will play out with Metropolitan,” he said.

PROGRAM WINDS DOWN

Meanwhile, Western’s program is winding down this week with toilet installations concluding in the Sandra Apartments on 7th Street in Riverside, said contractor Michael Franchek.

His Encinitas-based company, Ecogreen Services, contracted with Western Municipal in April to install 1,500 toilets at $165 apiece. Since April, Franchek has placed 80 percent of the new toilets in multi-family residences and the rest in hotels and commercial buildings.

Low-flow toilets look no different from their predecessors and cost about the same, according to Franchek.

“They flow a lot less because of their intelligent design,” he said.

The old fixtures use 3.5 gallons per flush while their replacements use less than 1.3 gallons per flush. Recyclers grind up the put-out-to-pasture toilets which are used as construction aggregate.

Russ Kitchen, director of the Mission Inn’s property operations, said he’s pleased with the 80 new low-flows, the latest in the hotel’s efforts to go green.

“We’re always looking for ways to conserve our natural resources,” he said. Management has retrofitted its cooling center to use less energy and replaced most lighting with fluorescent bulbs.

Reach Laurie Lucas at 951-368-9569 or llucas@PE.com

TO SAVE WATER

Take shorter showers

Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth

Water your lawn only when it needs it

Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks

Adjust sprinklers so they don’t water driveways and sidewalks

Wash only full loads of laundry

Run dishwasher only when full

Fix leaky faucets and toilets

Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose

Plant drought-resistant trees and plants

Source: Western Municipal Water District

 

 

Holiday Inn Select: Conserving Water and Recycling to protect the Environment

Source: Caroma Case Study

Company:

Holiday Inn Select at San Antonio Airport, San Antonio, Texas

Problems:

  • High monthly water usage
  • Staff time required to fixtoilet issues

Solution:

397 Caroma Sydney 270 Elongated High Efficiency Toilets

Benefits:

  • Clogged toilets reduced by100% (from 20/week to 0)
  • Nearly 7 million gallons of water saved per year from high efficiency toilets and showerheads
  • Positive customer feedback on conservation efforts

Case Study Highlights

The Holiday Inn Select is located near the San Antonio airport and only minutes from beautiful downtown and its many attractions. With its recent six million dollar renovation, the hotel and its 397 guest rooms are fully equipped to accommodate every traveler’s needs, whether for business or pleasure.

San Antonio has been experiencing a drought for many years. Increased population growth is also straining the water resources, and water restrictions are enforced year-round. Many industries rely on water for their survival, and hospitality is no different.

Without a reliable water supply, hotels would struggle to satisfy customer requirements. However, the Holiday Inn Select is leading the way in conserving water and protecting the environment.

Holiday Inn Select:

Conserving millions of gallons of water with high efficiency toilets

The Holiday Inn Select received the 2008 WaterSaver Award from San Antonio Water System (SAWS). Every year, SAWS honors businesses that have increased their water use efficiency or promote water conservation through education or technology. Holiday Inn Select installed high efficiency fixtures in every guest room, saving nearly seven million gallons of water per year. Scott Larsen, General Manager of Holiday Inn Select, strongly supports the protection of the environment. “We at the Holiday Inn believe that we need to preserve water in order to help the drought condition in San Antonio but also to help protect the environment and have water to use for other critical necessities. The best part about water conservation: it is so easy for you and me. It’s as simple as changing a fixture in a bathroom.”

Holiday Inn Select had an in-house guest that knew about SAWS commercial programs for water conservation and discussed the potential with Larsen. 40% of SAWS’ annual water sales are from commercial customers, such as the hospitality industry, and there is a great potential for water savings through the commercial conservation programs. Larsen contacted SAWS regarding water conservation programs, and in July 2007, the Holiday Inn Select began installing high efficiency toilets. A high efficiency toilet provides a 20% water savings over the industry standard of 1.6 gallons per flush. Many households and industries have toilets installed that use considerably more water per flush: 3.5 gallon, 5 gallon, and even 7 gallon toilets are still being used. By simply replacing an older, high volume toilet with a high efficiency toilet, thousands of gallons of water could be saved in a single household. Prior to July 2007, the Holiday Inn Select had 3.5 gallon per flush toilets installed in their 397 guest rooms. Through the SAWS commercial program, Caroma Sydney 270 elongated toilets were chosen to replace the older toilets. The Sydney 270 elongated toilets, as well as all Caroma toilets, are high efficiency and dual flush. Being dual flush, the user has two options for flushing. A full flush for solid waste uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush. A half flush is used for liquid and paper waste and uses only 0.8 gallons of water per flush. Based on a one to four solid to liquid flush ratio, the Sydney range of toilets averages only 0.96 gallons per flush. Comparing that to the 3.5 gallon toilets previously installed, each Caroma toilet installed saves more than 2.5 gallons per flush.

Installing the Caroma dual flush toilets are one of the best ways to conserve water,” states Larsen. “After just one month of use, the water savings were tremendous. It is amazing to think that if we are only at 50% occupancy and have three flushes per room, we’d save more than 1500 gallons of water – in just one day! Combining the savings from the Caroma toilets and high efficiency showerheads, we expect to save about 6.9 million gallons of water per year.” The water savings have been impressive. For example, when comparing January-November 2006 versus 2008 indoor water usage results, the Holiday Inn Select saved more than 4.4 million gallons of water, averaging a 31% savings each month.

Replacing other toilets with Caroma dual flush toilets are an easy process. According to Larsen, “The installation process went very smoothly. For such a large retrofit project, we did not lose one room night due to the installation.” The two piece toilets have a large concealed trapway. The trap is nearly double the industry average. “We have been amazed at the number of blockages we’ve experienced….or in this case, the number we have not experienced. We used to average 20 clogged toilets per week, but since the Caroma toilets have been installed, blockages have been totally eliminated. Our maintenance engineers can focus efforts on other areas.” Another benefit to Holiday Inn Select is the guest comments. “Our guests just love the toilets. We’ve received many positive comments about the design of the toilet and most importantly, how great it is that we’re helping conserve precious water resources.”

 

“We strongly believe in conserving environmental resources, and the Caroma toilets help us save about 6.9 million gallons of water per year.”

Scott Larsen, General Manager Holiday Inn Select San Antonio Airport

Other conservation efforts

Holiday Inn Select is a conservation leader. Not only are they saving millions of gallons of water each year, but they are the first hotel in San Antonio to implement a recycling program. Starting at the end of 2006 with recycling paper, the hotel saved 21 million tons in the first year! The successful program then expanded to include glass, cardboard, aluminum, and paper, and in the first five months, saved more than 37 million tons of recycled material. This is a substantial savings for the local landfills.

In early 2006, the hotel also replaced older light bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting.

This uses less energy and saves on greenhouse gas emissions. Combining the recycling and lighting conservation efforts, the hotel is expecting to save $44,000 per year.

Holiday Inn Select is a true leader in resource conservation. With its water conservation efforts replacing older fixtures with high efficiency Caroma toilets and showerheads, recycling and lighting programs, Holiday Inn Select San Antonio Airport is a pioneer for the hospitality industry.

2009 changes

During 2009, Caroma will be replacing the Sydney range of high efficiency toilets with Sydney Smart HETs, providing even greater water savings. The dual flush Sydney Smart range uses 1.28 gallons per flush for a full flush and 0.8 gallons per flush for half flush, averaging only 0.9 gallons per flush. The Sydney Smart range includes six bowl configurations and is now available in white and biscuit.

 “We used to average 20 clogged toilets per week, but since the Caroma toilets have been installed, blockages have been totally eliminated.”

Scott Larsen, General Manager of Holiday Inn Select