As one of our most precious natural resources, any and all water conservation efforts made by a dry cleaner can have an enormous impact on our water supplies and ease the burden on our sewer infrastructures.
The typical dry cleaning machine demands a water flow rate of approximately 5 gallons a minute during the drying, cool down and deodorize/purify cycles. In addition, cleaners have a water demand for solvent cooling, cleaning fluid distillation, laundry, wetcleaning, bleaching sinks, toilets, hand washing, drinking, etc.
When used for cooling purposes, dry cleaners are in a position to use a recirculating system, which would dramatically reduce demand. In other areas, water efficient toilets, faucets, drinking fountains and other appliances can also dramatically impact the water consumption bottom line.
Here is a list of some of the things a cleaner can do to conserve and protect water:
- Recirculating Water Tower
- Recirculating, Energy Efficient Water Chilling System
- Swamp coolers
- Toilets: Ultra Low Volume Flush, tank banks or float boosters
- Low flow faucet aerators
- Low flow drinking fountains
- Low level laundry washers
- Retriever hot water systems
- Biodegradable, non-toxic boiler compound
- Biodegradable and non-toxic laundry products
- Biodegradeable, non-toxic anti-freeze
- Recirculated rinse water cycles on washers