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Why Water Reclamation is Critical to Environmental Health

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Did you know that 2 million tons of waste enters the world’s water supply every day? That waste can include cleaning products, dirt and sediment, oil and grease, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and bacteria. Pressure washing can make the outside of your building look a lot nicer, but without water reclamation, the environmental impact can be disastrous. The average pressure washer uses about 2-3 gallons of water per minute, and an hour-long job can generate more than 150 gallons of wastewater. Scotts Pressure Wash helps protect our environment by ensuring that our practices exceed industry standards for water reclamation. Additionally, we use only 100% biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaners, and we ensure all of our technicians are certified in pollution prevention. Check out our infographic on Water Reclamation here.

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Why Water Reclamation is Critical to Environmental Health

  1. 1. AT SCOTTS, WE DO OUR PART TO FIGHT WATER POLLUTION BY: +90% HOW MUCH WATER CAN BE RECLAIMED? 50% 44% Why Water Reclamation is Critical to Environmental Health Why Water Reclamation is Critical to Environmental Health Pressure washing leaves buildings, vehicles, and parking lots clean, but all that dirty water has to go somewhere. Uncollected, most of it ends up in local waterways that eventually carry it to the ocean—with disastrous effects. Find out why water reclamation plays a critical role in green pressure washing services. Without any water reclamation efforts, here’s what happens to wastewater from pressure washing: WHERE DOES DIRTY WATER RUNOFF END UP? Wastewater runs off the pavement and into the nearest storm drain. This runoff can contain: Cleaning products Dirt and sediment Oil and grease connected to inland waters are considered threatened. 1. Toxic chemicals Heavy metals Bacteria An aqueduct carries the dirty water to a nearby stream or other body of water. 2. of assessed stream miles are not clean enough for activities such as fishing and swimming. The stream feeds the wastewater into a local river.3. of the world’s amphibians are at risk of extinction due to water pollution. 4. More than 50% of all ocean pollution is caused by wastewater and sewage. 2 MILLION TONS of waste enters the world’s water supply every day—that’s roughly equal to the weight of the entire human population. 2 MILLION TONS 44% NEARLY 1/3NEARLY 1/3 In some areas, more than 50% of native freshwater fish species are at risk of extinction. { 24% 12% OF THE MAMMALS OF THE BIRDS The world’s oceans contain where marine life can’t survive. These zones cover a surface roughly equal to the size of the United Kingdom. NEARLY 500 DEAD ZONES The river ultimately empties the wastewater into the ocean. The amount of wastewater produced annually totals than exists in all the world’s rivers put together. 6 TIMES MORE WATER 14,000 DEATHS EACH DAYWATER POLLUTION CAUSES MORE THAN 14,000 DEATHS EACH DAY With the right equipment, green pressure washing services prevent their wastewater from ever entering local waterways. HOW WATER RECLAMATION WORKS STEP 1 Nearby storm drains are covered with a mat to prevent dirty water from entering. The dirty water is either properly disposed of onsite or transported to an approved wastewater disposal facility. STEP 2 The work area is surrounded with flexible tubes, or berms, that divert and contain the wastewater to a specific area. STEP 3 A vacuum hose attached to the berm sucks the runoff into a storage tank. STEP 4 HOW MUCH WATER CAN BE RECLAIMED? The average pressure washer uses 2-3 gallons of water per minute. An hour-long job can generate more than 150 gallons of wastewater. 90% or more of pressure washing runoff can be collected using sound water reclamation practices. Despite advances in water reclamation, as much as 80% of the world’s wastewater still goes uncollected and untreated. HOW SCOTTS PRESSURE WASH FIGHTS WATER POLLUTION AT SCOTTS, WE DO OUR PART TO FIGHT WATER POLLUTION BY: 150 +90% Exceeding industry standards for water reclamation. Using only 100% biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaners. Ensuring all of our technicians are certified in pollution prevention. www.scottspressurewash.comInfographic designed by Mad Fish Digital Copyright © 2016 Scotts Pressure Wash

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