Thinking Global Acting Local

From protecting the environment to strengthening communities, making a difference starts here in our own backyards.

 

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A lush lawn is something that most homeowners strive for and when warm weather hits, a challenge arises: keeping that garden green. While we can cool down with a glass of water, our lawns need the same treatment. Grass that cannot grab enough water from the soil can have brown patches and is not only unattractive, but unhealthy. Proper watering techniques are a key component of a healthy lawn.

But keeping the grass healthy can be challenging when you‘re also concerned about saving water. How long should you leave your sprinklers on? What is the least amount of time that you can water your lawn and still have it get the amount it needs? Is there a magic number?

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ET, short for EvapoTranspiration, is a measure of water loss from soil through evaporation and moisture loss from plant life through transpiration. It is influenced by air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation and wind speed.  With knowledge of ET and recent precipitation, a daily value is calculated for the optimal amount of water the average lawn needs based on the day’s weather conditions within the specific SUEZ geographical service regions.  This is then translated into a recommended amount of time that your lawn should be watered. It’s that easy!

Simply click here to visit our ET page, enter your zip code and you’ll get your number! Not planning on watering today? That’s okay. Sign up for email reminders and we will send you your ET number daily, so you’ll know exactly how long to water your lawn each day! 

Find YOUR Number Now! 

 
The United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) will take place from November 30 to December 11, 20151. The aim at the 21st Conference is to build a “Paris Climate Alliance” capable of keeping the global warming below 2° Celsius.
 
Over 40,000 people will participate in this event, with 195 countries represented, 150 world leaders as well as various companies and non-profit organizations.  
 
 
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Why 2°Celsius?

 
According to the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC), global warming of more than 2°C would have serious consequences, such as an increase in the number of extreme climate events. At COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, the countries stated their determination to limit global warming to 2°C between now and 2100. To reach this target, climate experts estimate that global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions need to be reduced by 40-70% by 2050 and that carbon neutrality (zero emissions) must be reached by the end of the century at the latest.
 
It was decided during COP15 that each country propose a national contribution to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This commitment from 195 countries will make the 2°C target for 2100 possible. For the first time, the world has come together and created a global mobilization towards a green economy. 
 

What’s The Role Of The Private Sector At COP21?

 

Companies are at the center of climate change action: they can provide sustainable technologies and have an influence on citizens’ behavior. But companies can’t work alone:  they need a legal framework from governments to work within. 
 
COP21 is the opportunity for businesses to develop a global agreement while protecting economic growth. Companies will try to give clear answers to various questions:  How do we manage our resources? How will carbon be priced? How are supply chains sourced? 
 
For Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ “There is no shortage of technical solutions, and more will continue to be developed. We should rejoice in the wealth of solutions and innovations across the world. But these technical solutions will not suffice unless we change the way we behave and act.”
 
SUEZ has not waited for COP21 to start the Resource Revolution.  We’ve already made 12 commitments  that are going to help us achieve our sustainable development roadmap. And every day, we invest in solutions for a sustainable future: seawater desalination, water reuse, renewable energy production, biological recovery, and more.
 
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To go further, discover our “Focus COP21” series of articles:

 
To learn more about Climate Summits, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuriLuPSvZA&feature=player_embedded
Fwee is a French company that collects unsold fruit from producers and turns it into confectionery made entirely from fruit.
Globilab is a company that produces Gobis,  reusable bottles designed for the office and day-to-day life.
 
In the lead-up to National Drinking Water Week, a news article about French consumer confidence in tap water grabbed our attention. The survey found that 80% of respondents “trust” the water coming from their taps. Similarly 74% of respondents are satisfied with the quality of the water in their home and 69% appreciate the taste.
 
We had incorrectly associated Perrier and Evian with what we assumed to be a bottled water tradition or preference in France. Maybe French spring water isn’t tres chic after all. Maybe Americans are the ones who are hooked on bottled water.
 
Consider this: in recent U.S. surveys, only 53% of municipal water customers said they are likely to drink tap water versus bottled or otherwise filtered water. What gives?
 
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In an interview last year with Duke University professor and author James Salzman, the From the Source Blog asked this very question. If our water in the U.S. is among the cleanest in the world, why is bottled water so prevalent?
 
The answer, in summary, was that water choices like many other ones, are influenced heavily by marketing. And very good marketing at that: bottled water sells for up to 1,000 times the price of tap water.
 
Salzman found in his research for Drinking Water: A History that since the early 90s when Coke, Pepsi and Nestle entered the bottled water market and the consumption of bottled water skyrocketed, Americans have seemingly had an ambivalent relationship with tap water. Whereas in the 70s, if someone went into a gas station and asked for water they would have been directed to the hose outside.
 
On the flip side, and in more recent history, many environmental groups – in New York and San Francisco, for example – have used public relations campaigns to raise awareness of the environmental impact of bottled water.
To their credit, environmental groups have raised the level of consumer consciousness and have pressed the bottled water industry to be more responsible in their packaging. Environmental pressure is leading to a change in fashion. For example, those who want to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle have taken to drinking tap water from a refillable bottle.
 
We’re curious about your water preferences: please share your thoughts on the comment section below!
As a world citizen, you hear words like drought, global warming, planet expiration date, sustainable development often…
 
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You want to…
  • Act but you don’t know where to start?
  • Be involved without drastically change your lifestyle?
  • Be a part of the Resource Revolution but not spend a month’s salary in water-saving devices?

 

Good news: you can! And we are here to help you. For 10 years now, SUEZ has published Conservation Guides providing indoor and outdoor water saving tips, presenting what we do as a water services provider to protect one of the most precious resources on earth. Decreasing water availability is a global and serious issue that concerns every one of us, not only individuals but also industries, governments and companies.

 
That’s why this summer, we launched a social media conservation campaign #TipsToSaveWater. Our goal is to provide easy, inexpensive and original water saving tips. Along the way, we discovered the website, “Water - Use it Wisely”.
 
 
This website provides tips and devices to help you in your water saving quest. It also has an educational and creative section dedicated to children. What better way to raise your kids’ awareness than play a game?
 
 
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Feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to discover our tips published every Thursday all summer long. And, if you have  your own ways to save water, please share them in the comment sections below.
 
About Water - Use it Wisely
This communication campaign was launched 15 years ago. Since then, it has become a major campaign with more than 250 public and private water companies nationwide. The goal is to help people learn how to save water.
 
Find below some of the tips we've already published:
 
 
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Winter is coming and so is the risk of frozen pipes. As soon as thermometers drop into the freezing zone, the following tips will help you avoid unpleasant surprises that may come from broken water pipes on your property. We are pleased to give you this Big Chill Checklist so that you can relax and enjoy this holiday season.
 
Winters can be harsh on household plumbing so don’t forget to protect the water meter and pipes from freezing temperatures. Those located on outside walls, in basements or in crawl spaces, are particularly vulnerable to the cold. They can easily freeze and break during cold spells and lead to costly repairs.
 
Please follow these important steps to help prevent expensive problems later.
 
 
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Start Outdoors

  • Disconnect and drain the garden hose connection. This will help prevent outside faucets and pipes from freezing, leaking or breaking.
  • Close outside vents, crawl spaces and doors so cold air doesn’t seep inside.
  • Repair broken windows and seal cracks in the walls.
  • Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
  • Wrap water lines and meters in commercial insulation.
  • Wrap pipes subject to cold or freezing in heat tape available from hardware stores. It must be kept plugged in all winter.
  • Locate The Shut-off Valves
  • Make sure the valves on either side of the water meter are working properly.
  • Place a tag on the main shut-off valve. Make sure everyone in the house knows where it is and how to operate it in an emergency.
  • Check The Heat
  • If you’re going away, keep a minimum amount of heat on in the house. This will help protect the pipes in case the temperature drops.
  • If you plan to turn the heat off, drain all the water from the pipes, toilets and water heater. Turn off the power source to the water heater. If your heater operates on gas, turn the heater on “pilot.”
 

More Tips For Freezing Weather

  • Check the meter periodically to see if there is damage and contact us if you detect a crack.
  • If a sink is located against an outside wall, open the cabinet doors overnight to allow warm air to reach water pipes.
  • If you have had problems with frozen pipes in the past, keep a trickle of water running from the highest faucet in your house. During extremely cold periods, this trickle should be the size of a pencil point. You will be billed for the water used but this procedure may help prevent more costly plumbing repairs resulting from broken pipes.

 

Thawing Frozen Pipes

Partial water service indicates that a pipe is frozen somewhere in the house. A complete lack of water service can be the result of a frozen water meter or a frozen pipe leading from the water main in the street to the house. A meter or water pipe that feels extremely cold is most likely frozen. It's important to clear frozen blockages as soon as possible to minimize the danger of pipes bursting in some inaccessible spot. The resulting leak could cause serious property damage.
Follow the important steps outlined below to help thaw frozen pipes. In some instances, it may be best to call a licensed plumber.

 

Indoors

  • If a water pipe has frozen and burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve in the house.
  • Open a nearby faucet slightly so the pipe can drain as it thaws
  • Thaw pipes and meters by applying hot air from a hair dryer, electric heater or by using a heating pad.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water because you could be electrocuted
  • Never use hot water or a blowtorch on a frozen pipe or water meter.
  • Frozen underground pipes running into the house may require the application of electric current or other thawing devices. A licensed plumber must address this problem.
  • If frozen underground lines outside the house are an annual problem, consider lowering them in the spring to a point below the frost line.