Need a resolution? Start in the bathroom.

Three simple water-saving upgrades for your home in 2016.

December 28, 2015 | By: Travis Thompson, Jamie Reddig

At least 1 million people will gather in Times Square to ring in the new year Dec. 31. Sounds like a fun party, right? That is, until nature calls.

Believe it or not, there are no portable bathrooms in Times Square, and nearby businesses close their loos to the lookie-loos, so at least one insider website, NewYork.com, recommends party-goers slow their liquid intake at 1 p.m. that day. Talk about a buzz-kill.

So, in honor of the crossed-legged fanatics who — despite these obstacles — will celebrate in Times Square this year, we dedicate this New Year’s post to the porcelain in your life.

Here’s how you can resolve to upgrade your bathroom in 2016:

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2 thoughts on “Need a resolution? Start in the bathroom.”

  1. I think its great to help residential customers save water and thank you. Although, my biggest concern is the waste seen at restaurants. Every guest is provided water, even if they didn’t request it. Most often I see the server pick up full glasses water just to TOSS later (HUGE WASTE!!). I think DW should work with restaurant business owners or city council to put restrictions on this valuable resource. I don’t know where the discussions should take place, but maybe by DW. Maybe being proactive and sending out an announcement to businesses and asking for cooperation to provide water only to customers REQUESTING water would decrease waste. Similiar to the announcements sent to residential customers to conserve water when brushing teeth, showering, etc. This is a small step but everyone counts!

    1. Thank you for your comment and suggestions. We certainly share your passion for preventing water waste wherever possible.

      According to EPA’s WaterSense at Work report, almost 80 percent of water use in restaurants happens in the bathroom and kitchen (for cooking, cleaning, etc.). Because that percentage is so high, we focus most of our programs in those areas, offering free efficiency audits, as well as financial incentives, like rebates for high-efficiency toilets and high-efficiency dishwashing equipment, for restaurants. The City of Denver also has a ‘certifiably green’ program that encourages businesses to make efficiency changes

      You’re absolutely right, however, every drop counts! During the most recent drought, Denver Water made it mandatory for restaurants to serve water only on request and provided restaurants with educational materials to help raise awareness. Many restaurants have carried this over as a best practice, regardless of conditions. That said, we always encourage people to let their servers know if they don’t want water (or refills).

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