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SPLASSH Launches Crowdsourcing Campaign – Promoting Water Conservation

SPLASSH will use funds to develop an engaging, real-time outreach tool designed for students, citizen scientists, and researchers to share their water projects

Atlanta, GA, June 30, 2014 – SPLASSH (http://splasshdata.meteor.com), an organization that captures and shares information about water collected by students, citizen scientists, and researchers in an effort to better understand the condition of our waterways, today announced the official company launch and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on http://experiment.com.

The raised funds from this campaign will support the development of a gamification feature for SPLASSH that is designed to attract users to share their water projects and recognize them for their contributions.

“Leveraging social networks to connect people and their efforts to work on water sustainability projects together is important to shaping our water future. After all, we’re all connected by water and downstream from one another. I’m excited that Lisa Adams and SPLASSH are engaging youth on this,” said, Alexandra Cousteau, Founder and President, Blue Legacy International, Washington, DC.
“Some of the biggest global challenges that we face involve the sustainable use of water, and the key to water conservation is better understanding the condition of our water, which affects our public health, environment, and economy,” said Lisa G. Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University and Director of SPLASSH. “The funds we raise will be used to help harness the untapped workforce that collects vast amounts of information about our waterways. SPLASSH will be the platform that captures and shares valuable information about water that is collected by students, citizen scientists, and researchers. With their help, we can learn more about our blue planet.”
“Valuable water information is often hidden in nooks and crannies in the web or beyond reach in a file cabinet. SPLASSH provides a simple yet powerful tool that frees up that water information so it can be shared, discussed, and leveraged, empowering us to create a more sustainable water future.” – Don McEnhill, Executive Director, Russian Riverkeeper, Healdsburg, CA.
SPLASSH hopes to change the way we think about water and will use part of the funds to attend and present SPLASSH at the American Geophysical Union’s 47th annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco this December.

SPLASSH is a socially driven network that crowdsources the condition of our waterways. The mission of SPLASSH is to inspire water conservation through awareness by engaging students, citizen scientists, and researchers to share, discuss, connect, and visually consume information about water. SPLASSH’s goal is to serve as a platform where students, citizen scientists, and researchers can post their water projects, be recognized for their contributions, and connect with other water investigators. SPLASSH is an education and dissemination tool for anyone that wants to share water projects or learn more about the most important resource we have: water.
For more information about SPLASSH, please visit http://experiment.com, look for the SPLASSH campaign, and help SPLASSH tap into the power of the people.

Conserving Water!

Currently the country, and in particularly the state of California, is experiencing one of the most dramatic droughts to occur in HISTORY. Water is taken for granted and wasted during our day-to-day activities, however there are ways to conserve. Sustainability expert and leader in the field of Eco Education, Evan Marks of The Ecology Center, provides tips below on how to reduce water waste and help give Mother Nature a break!


  • Splish Splash – Take a Bath: Did you know that a running shower uses 5 gallons of water per minute? To conserve, fill a bathtub half-way and hop in! Baths will not only save a tremendous amount of water, but will relax you to the fullest. 
  • Bucket It:  Instead of letting rinse-water go down the drain, place a bucket in your kitchen sink to collect dirty water. Then dispose of it by diverting it to water a garden or plants throughout your home or office. This simple trick saves up to 5 gallons of water a day!  
  • Load Your Laundry: Next laundry day, make it count. Fully load your washing machine and make sure to wash full loads only!  If you have a few items to wash, do so in a sink with a re-usable bucket. One load of laundry uses up to 40 gallons of water, so make sure the water is being put to full use. Also try to use biodegradable soap to protect your water supply from pollution. The less laundry you have to do the better! Collecting your wash water really works well and helps keep your garden pest and blight free!  — the editor
  • Eat Your Veggies: It takes 650 gallons of water to raise, process, and transport meat for one burger. When compared to a veggie meal that only requires around 200 gallons, when concerned about water waste the better choice is obvious. Another upside to eating veggies is that it reduces the animal and chemical pollution of meat production, which ends up in our watershed and eventually, the ocean. 
every drop counts
For more information on how you can conserve water during the drought head to  http://www.theecologycenter.org/

Dramatically Reduced Water Consumption with Installation of Xeros Laundry System

Sacramento’s Premier Athletic Club Adopts Water Conservation Recommendations 

Sacramento, CA / Manchester, NH –– April 29, 2014 – Xeros, the innovator of an ultra low water cleaning system, today announced that The Capital Athletic Club, Sacramento’s premier full-service athletic facility, is using its Xeros Laundry System and has reduced water usage for laundry washed with this machine so far by nearly 50%.

California is facing the worst drought in the state’s history and some cities are asking businesses to cut water use by 35%, a goal that is very difficult for many business owners to achieve.  The Capital Athletic Club installation of the Xeros Laundry System, which uses polymer beads rather than water, has enabled it to markedly reduce water consumption while improving laundry cleaning quality and reducing costs.

The Capital Athletic Club is the premiere athletic facility in downtown Sacramento offering the best facility, equipment, amenities and service.  The 52,000 square foot health club combines state-of-the-art fitness facilities with an unparalleled commitment to member service.

“This is the third year of record-low rainfall in California and we aim to do our part in water conservation,” said Rick Leonard,” executive director of The Capital Athletic Club.  “Xeros’ green and sustainable laundry system enables us to dramatically reduce our water, energy and detergent usage while delivering exceptional cleaning results for our members.”

“This exciting technology shows tremendous promise,” said William Allen, senior development engineer, Western Cooling Efficiency Center.  “The energy savings are considerable and with widespread adoption it could significantly impact California’s carbon emissions and general use of fossil fuels.”

The Xeros Laundry System helps organizations, through the use of polymer bead technology, to deliver water, detergent and energy savings for a ‘greener’ clean. The patented, award-winning system uses up to 80% less water, up to 50% less energy, and approximately 50% less detergent, to deliver superior cleaning results as compared to traditional “soap and water” methods. By combining the beads’ molecular structure with a proprietary detergent solution, dirt from soiled items is attracted and absorbed by the beads, producing cleaner results. The reusable beads have a lifespan of hundreds of washes before being collected and recycled for reintroduction into the polymer supply chain.

 “Water conservation is a critical issue for California and the world.  Our clients have experienced a reduction of up to nearly 80% in water usage with the Xeros Laundry System,” said Jonathan Benjamin, president, Xeros North America.  “With Xeros, The Capital Athletic Club is able to deal with this serious environmental issue while improving cleaning effectiveness, increasing the life of laundered garments and reducing costs.”

About The Capital Athletic Club

The Capital Athletic Club provides an incredible facility in the perfect location. Blocks away from the beautiful State Capitol while being centrally located in the heart of downtown the club is easy access to from all the major freeways. Boasting a spacious 52,000 square foot facility with a gorgeous weight room, state of the art equipment, executive lockers, an outdoor swimming pool, several sport courts, exercise studios, sauna and steam rooms as well as several business amenities.

About Xeros

Xeros is changing the way textiles are cleaned. Using patented polymer bead technology, the Xeros System for commercial cleaning uses up to 80% less water, 50% less energy and approximately 50% less detergent, and delivers superior cleaning results compared to conventional washing. Xeros was named a top invention by TIME magazine, winner of ‘Best Technological Breakthrough’ in The Climate Week Awards 2011; named a finalist for the prestigious Edison Award; listed in World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s survey of global ‘Green Game Changers’; and has been awarded two Rushlight 2013 Awards for green innovation. Strategic partnerships include Green Earth Cleaning and BASF. Xeros is headquartered in the UK with offices in the U.S. and China.  For additional information, please visit www.xeroscleaning.com.

Join the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation This Month!


Drought Resiliency and Energy Savings Through Water Conservation is Focus 

IRVINE, CA – With at least 36 states facing water shortages this year, mayors across the country will be asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in the “Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation,” which aims to drastically slash water and energy use across the nation. Besides conserving water and energy, residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-In, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes by participating in the 30-day challenge period.

Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA’s Office of Water, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, The Toro Company, Wondergrove Kids, Bytelaunch, and WaterSmart Software, mayors nationwide are encouraged to challenge their residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of their city at www.mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of April.

“Whether it’s drought conditions in the West or the high costs of energy related to water use in the East, saving water has become one of the most important issues facing the nation today,” said Wyland, marine and conservation artist and president of the Wyland Foundation.

Last year, residents from over 1,000 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by nearly a billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 18.3 million pounds, prevent more than 69.9 million pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds, a reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.7 billion pounds. Participants have included mayors from Seattle, Houston, Denver, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Diego, San Francisco, Long Beach, Calif., and Miami.

To Participate: Residents enter the name of their city at mywaterpledge.com, then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of their city. Cities compete in different population categories. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are deemed winners. Residents from those cities are entered to win an array of environmentally positive prizes. Residents also discover resources in their area to take their commitment of water conservation further, from regional water and energy resource issues to cost-saving tips at home.

It’s easy to get involved: mywaterpledge.com, it is a great family or school activity, with a city focus for a global issue. Sometimes approaching an issue from your own backyard or water meter, makes it more real.  –the editor

Are We Running Out of Clean Water?

We’ve all heard about why it’s important to reduce your carbon footprint, but as the population continues to rise, the demand for clean water is becoming one of the biggest problems of our age. GE’s newest water treatment technology enables plants to use lower-quality water for cooling, while avoiding former corrosion and fouling problems. Now that GE’s done its part, what can you do?

Together, we can make a difference! In our homes we can reuse grey water, fix leaks, wash / flush / bathe with less water, and store rain water…. to name a few ideas. Our companies can do this and more by identifying their big water uses and innovating and implementing new conservation techniques – just like GE’s.  Reuse water and reduce what you use.