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director of Water Management Solutions for Calabasas based ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, the nation biggest landscape management firm.
Bottled water production is also more efficient than making soda or beer. Arrowhead uses an average of 1.35 liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water, while a soft drink production commonly uses two liters of water to produce one liter of soda and beer brewing takes four liters to make one liter, he said.
use a lot less because we recycle 80 percent of our water, he said.
The company turns out 2,500 to 3,000 barrels of beer a month.
The drought should not result in any shortages or price spikes at Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water Co., said Larry Lawrence, the company natural resources manager. Arrowhead, which is owned by Nestle, operates five bottling plants around the state, including one in Ontario, and draws its water from numerous springs around California.
isn the first drought we gone through. In our business we go through a dry period every decade, Lawrence said.
and the habitats surrounding the springs.
company never takes more water than the springs can sustainably produce, whether during plentiful times or during times of drought, Lawrence said.
Turns out that location matters when it comes to the impact of California drought.
Ryan Pfutzenreuter, who owns the So Cal Express Car Wash in Ontario and the Kendall Car Wash in San Bernardino, said his washes recycle 90 percent of their water.
He notes that the Metropolitan Water District has been banking water for the past several years so Southern California probably won experience severe shortages.
lot of people are taking out their lawns and putting in drought tolerant landscape. Water rates are going up, and people want to save money, he said. percent of the water in California goes to feed the outdoor environment, and the use inside is a pittance, he said.
Recycling is the key to keeping water costs under control.
The drought is actually boosting his business.
Paul C. Woltze has been in the business for 42 years and now owns Redlands based Creative Landscapes By Paul C. Woltze.
us it been a slightly positive impact, he said. hasn been much rain and we open. And more and more people are aware that professional car washes use substantially less water than when you wash your car at home. said his facilities use 30 to 40 gallons of water per wash, as opposed to the 100 to 120 gallons someone would use at home.
Restuccia recalls a commercial real estate conference two years ago where property owners stressed a common theme.
have these big buffer tanks where we store our cleaning chemicals in. We reuse those chemicals rather than dumping them down the drain, Carter said. in general we do a lot of sweeping and squeegeeing down the floor rather than hosing down the floor. washes
They have invested in more efficient irrigation and recycling systems and installed drought resistant landscapes.
Water is also the main ingredient at Golden Road Brewing on San Fernando Road in Los Angeles, said Chris Carter, the Omega Watches For Men 2016 company quality control manager.
really not seeing any changes in the environment other than what we see during drought conditions, Lawrence said. conservation is a constant goal for our company, whether it a wet year or a dry one. water is a renewable resource, he said, and the company balances its water use across its sources so that withdrawals don go beyond the long term sustainable yields of the groundwater systems Omega Seamaster Professional Replica
Smaller firms are seeing the same thing.
one of them said the same thing. They had really spent what they wanted to on energy management, and spending more would not yield the results they wanted and they were turning their attention to water, he said.
really a situation now where the drought in California is different for Northern California and Southern California, said Richard Restuccia, Omega Watch Replica
invested in water reclamation techniques and systems like that, he said. water bill for the Ontario wash is roughly $3,000 to $4,000 a month. We haven seen a drastic increase in water rates. Cement Corp. in Lucerne Valley uses plenty of water about 350 acre feet to produce the 1.5 million tons of cement products the company sells each year. But Mitsubishi unique situation has buffered it from the impacts of California drought.
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Water efficiency improvements the company implemented resulted in a 19 percent reduction in the water used in the production process from 2010 through 2013, Lawrence said.
Car washes would seem to be an obvious victim of California drought. But Jeffrey Paul, who owns Valencia Car Wash, Fashion Square Car Wash in Sherman Oaks and Canyon Car Wash in Canyon Country, said that not the case with his business.
Officials monitor the springs, and the company has the ability to draw from a variety of sources for their bottling plants.
And businesses and water management officials have been through droughts before and have drawn on that experience to prepare for this one.
Even firms that have to rely on water as the main ingredient for their business have a handle on the situation.
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