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Water Efficiency for Restaurants in Santa Monica Presentation

  1. 1. Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Water-Efficiency for Restaurants in Santa Monica Luis Suarez Water Programs Sustainable Works
  2. 2. Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Santa Monica’s Water Supply Depleting reservoir levels 86% of water is imported Traveling 400 miles Metropolitan Water District (86%) Wholesale Water Agency City-Owned Groundwater Wells (12%) SMURRF (2%) Recycles Urban Runoff
  3. 3. Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Dry conditions = extreme fire danger Loss of crops Rural and urban economic loss Next year: uncertain supplies State Water Supply Challenges Decreasing Sierra Snow Pack <ul><li>2008 Court Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>~30% Water reduction due to decreasing Salmon and Delta Smelt in Bay- Delta </li></ul><ul><li>L.A. Aqueduct Reductions </li></ul>Drought Population increasing in Southern California
  4. 4. CA 3rd year of drought Colorado River 10 th year of drought Drought In Western U.S. Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion It will take more than one extremely wet winter for storage levels to recover - The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) 2005 2009
  5. 5. Excessive Urban Runoff Excessive Water Waste Increasing Water Demand Contamination of Santa Monica’s Groundwater Wells Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Some Santa Monica City wells will not be usable for another 1 to 2 years – City of S.M. Office of Sustainability and Environment Water Supply Problems
  6. 6. Excessive energy and greenhouse gases to import water Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Water + Energy = Watergy 20% of California's energy is required to transport our water - California Energy Commission
  7. 7. Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Our Goals: Keep within our allocated amount especially during the summer months Eliminate water waste Water Shortage Response Plan
  8. 8. Santa Monica City Council declared an Advisory Level effective July 1, 2009 The City of Santa Monica is requesting that all water customers voluntarily reduce water use by 10% Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Stage 1 – 15% Reduction Stage 2 – 20% Reduction Stage 3 – 30% Reduction Stage 4 – 50% Reduction In Effect City-Wide Water Reduction Goals Advisory– 10% Reduction
  9. 9. Businesses will receive a water allowance based on their previous year’s water use. Stages 1 - 4 require mandatory rationing through water allowances (budgets) Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Stage 1 – 95% Allowance Stage 2 – 90% Allowance Stage 3 – 85% Allowance Stage 4 – 80% Allowance Business Water Supply Allowance
  10. 10. Customers that have a dedicated landscape water meter will receive a water allowance based on their previous year’s water use. Stages 1 - 4 require mandatory rationing through water allowances (budgets). Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Stage 1 – 85% Allowance Stage 2 – 80% Allowance Stage 3 – 70% Allowance Stage 4 – 50% Allowance Landscape Water Allowance
  11. 11. Restrooms Kitchen Landscaping Employee Education Customer Education Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Restaurant Solutions
  12. 12. Upgrade urinals from 1.0 gal/flush to 0.5 gallons gal/flush or install waterless urinals Upgrade toilets from 1.6 gal/flush or greater to 1.28 gal/flush or less or dual flush Install low-flow aerators of 0.5 gal/min or less in bathrooms or 2.5 gal/min for kitchens Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Restrooms Check with the City of Santa Monica for possible rebates or free products High-Efficiency Urinal Flush Urinal High-Efficiency Toilet Tank Type Faucet with aerator Faucet
  13. 13. Kitchen Check with the City of Santa Monica for possible rebates or free products Operate dishwasher only when completely loaded Install low-flow aerators of 2.5 gal/min for kitchens Adjust ice machines to produce only what is needed Use connectionless food Steamer Upgrade to high velocity sprayers 1.6 gal/minute Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion
  14. 14. Adjust sprinklers to prevent runoff Install rotating nozzles on all sprinkler spray heads Install drip irrigation – retrofit existing sprinklers to drip Set controller start time between 4 am - 5 am Upgrade to a weather based &quot;Smart&quot; irrigation controller Install a rain barrel or redirect downspouts to landscaping Rebates may be available Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Landscaping uses 40% of a property’s total water use. – S.M. Office of Sustainability and the Environment Landscaping
  15. 15. Reduce lawn to climate appropriate plants To reduce evaporation, apply mulch Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks Always send wastewater to landscaping or the sewer not the storm drain Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Landscaping Reduce water use 80% and reduce maintenance 40%, by installing water efficient irrigation and climate appropriate plants
  16. 16. Use Water Conservation Paycheck Stuffers Review your water bill monthly for indications of leaks, spikes or other problems. Train staff to monitor and respond to all leaks Use leak detecting tablets or food coloring to detect leaks in toilets Request a free water assessment from the City Direct gardeners to the City’s free Landscape & Irrigation training Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Employee Education A leaking toilet can waste over 1,000 gallons of water per month. – City of S.M. Office of Sustainability and Environment
  17. 17. Customer Education It takes 8 glasses of water to wash 1 glass – City of S.M. Office of Sustainability and the Environment Water Request Cards: Serve water in bars and restaurants upon request only. Bathroom and Kitchen Mirror Clings: Post “Save Water Now” clings to mirror to promote water conservation Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion We gladly serve water upon request . www.sustainablesm.org
  18. 18. Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Resources For Free Business Greening Consultation: Sustainable Works Business Greening Program (310) 458-8716 ext. 2 (310) 434-3668 FAX For Qualified Rebate Products : Save A Buck Rebate Program 1-877-728-2282 www.mwdsaveabuck.com www.bewaterwise.com For Landscape Grant and Landscape Information: Bay Saver Program 1-866-728-3229 www.sustainablesme.org /landscape
  19. 19. For more information about the water shortage and conservation tips, www.water.smgov.net Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion City of Santa Monica Resources Water Resources Protection Programs: (310) 458-8235 www.water.smgov.net Urban Runoff/Water Conservation: (310) 458-2213 www.sustainablesme.org Household Hazardous Waste Facility: (310) 458-2255 To report pollution - Pollution Prevention Hotline: (310) 458-8945 Food Service Container Ban: (310) 458-4925 www.smepd.org /container Clean Bay Restaurant Certification: (310) 458-8235
  20. 20. Keep Saving Santa Monica’s Water! Introduction Restaurant Solutions Conclusion Water Is a Limited Resource

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