CHICAGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) believes that 36 states anticipate local, regional or statewide water shortages by 2013, according to a press release.
These shortages will likely impact every aspect of building operations, including cleaning, causing facility managers to analyze all building operations and look for new ways to reduce water consumption, the release stated.
According to the release, to help meet these water challenges, Michael Schaffer, a senior executive with Tacony''s
commercial floor care division, which manufactures CFR
carpet extractors that recycle water and cleaning solution, has created the "Top Ten Ways to Reduce Water Use When Cleaning."
Among Schaffer''s suggestions are to prioritize floor and carpet cleaning and clean lightly-used areas less frequently than heavily-used areas, the release noted.
Other suggestions include selecting floor care equipment that uses less water, as manufacturers are now introducing low-moisture scrubbers, the release added.