Rockland Business Association, Rockland County NY

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RBA Go Green Resources:
Water Conservation

Rockland Business Association's Green Council Vision:   To educate, promote and advocate to the business community the benefits of adopting Green principles.

Survey & Metering

Water metering is the process of measuring water use through water meters. This is the first step in quantifying water savings. Once you are aware of your water usage, you can then modify your water habits to conserve water.

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Green Council Member Contribution:

Matt O'Toole, Abbey EcoWater Systems, motoole@abbeyecowater.com, (845) 356-1700

Automatic turn on/off faucets & toilets

Automatic faucets are usually triggered by movement using an infrared sensor to turn water on when movement is sensed under the faucet. They will automatically turn off when no movement is sensed for a period of time, thereby not wasting water when it is not necessary. For example, many people let the faucet run when brushing their teeth. This represents a tremendous waste of water which can be avoided by using an auto faucet.

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AutomaticFaucets.com

Green Council Member Contribution:

Matt O'Toole, Abbey EcoWater Systems, motoole@abbeyecowater.com, (845) 356-1700

Washing Equipment

There are systems available which will contain, recover and filter waste water used for washing vehicles or other equipment. Not only can this save water, but depending on where the runoff is going and what is being washed, it may save money.

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Green Council Member Contribution:

Matt O'Toole, Abbey EcoWater Systems, motoole@abbeyecowater.com, (845) 356-1700

Re-Use Opportunities

Water recycling is reusing treated wastewater for beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing a ground water basin (referred to as ground water recharge).

Water is sometimes recycled and reused onsite; for example, when an industrial facility recycles water used for cooling processes. A common type of recycled water is water that has been reclaimed from municipal wastewater, or sewage. The term water recycling is generally used synonymously with water reclamation and water reuse.

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EPA - Water Recycling and Reuse: The Environmental Benefits

Green Council Member Contribution:

Matt O'Toole, Abbey EcoWater Systems, motoole@abbeyecowater.com, (845) 356-1700

Storm Water Management

The planning, design and construction of practices developed to reduce and control the adverse effects and impacts commonly associated with rainfall runoff from a watershed on the receiving water body, such as rivers, streams and lakes.

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Construction – Runoff Measures

The treatment and mitigation practices installed to treat and mitigate rainfall water flow which has surpassed the infiltration capacity of the in situ soil or groundcover from erosion and sediment transposition.

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Water Conservation – Xeriscape

Xeriscape gardening is an integral part of our water conservation program. Derived from the Greek word “xeros”, meaning dry, Xeriscaping is the creative establishment of a garden that uses less water than a traditional garden. This is done by selecting plants that are drought tolerant and using horticultural techniques to make the best use of water.

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Green Council Member Contribution:

Joe Macula, United Water New York, joseph.macula@unitedwater.com

 

RBA Go Green Resources: Building Design & Construction | Carbon Footprint | Compliance Issues | Consultants | Creating Awareness | Pollution Prevention / Hazardous Materials | Publications | Transportation | Water Conservation | Waste Reduction & Recycling | Glossary

Michael Shilale Architects, Sustainable Solutions


Go Green Resources


Ira Wickes, Green Council Green Toolkit member


RBA Green Council Mission

Assist members in realizing bottom line benefits of going green

Empower members to find the sustainable solutions best suited for their businesses by providing information on available educational, service and product resources they need

Advocate for members on related environmental issues affect the business community