Water brooms, good for the environment

Published: 04th May 2011
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You recycle your bottles and cans, you have energy saving appliances and you even turn the water off while brushing your teeth, but have you invested in a water broom?

Cleaning driveways, pool decks, tennis courts or picnic areas with a garden hose can use up to 20 gallons per minute. The high pressure design of water brooms not only makes scraping up gum, mud and other debris less of a chore, but these brooms use as little as 2.8 gallons per minute.

Most water brooms easily attach to a standard garden hose and have wheels to glide along on. The concept behind the water broom is that air is injected into system as water flows through. The combination of air and water is the final product. It is through this process that water is saved.

As an added benefit, the high speed ejection of the water prevents it from pooling as with standard water cleaning methods. The combination of air and water and the lack of pooling leads to faster drying time, preventing long term damage to concrete or asphalt slabs.

In the interest of conserving water, utility companies across California and into Nevada offer rebate programs for residential and commercial customers who purchase water brooms.

The East Bay Municipal Water District in Oakland, Calif. is running a program that offers $150 toward the purchase of a water broom; the program expires on June 30, 2011.

"Commercial customers who use water brooms to clean surfaces can see significant water savings when they use a

water broom," according to the EBMWD website.

Some cities, like Los Angeles, Calif., have made hosing driveways and sidewalks illegal, with fines of up to $600 for those caught using a hose. Water brooms are the exception and there is a rebate program in that area for customers who purchase a water broom.

"As much as 150 gallons of water are used every time someone washes down a driveway, sidewalk or parking area, leading to gross amounts of wasted drinking water each time," stated the LA Department of Water and Power in a press release. "It is not only a good practice to use a broom instead of a hose in Los Angeles it is now the law."

The LADWP imports 85-90 percent of its water annually. One person who chooses to stop hosing down their driveway and sidewalk can save up to 1,050 gallons of water a week, according to that same press release.

The benefits of water brooms extend beyond saving a significant amount of money and water. The high pressure spray of these brooms can reduce labor up to 75 percent when compared to cleaning with a spray nozzle attached to a garden hose, a power washer or a broom, according to a water conservation website.

"Anyone from age 16 to 80 can operate this lightweight, effortless water broom. The air and water pressure do the work," according to that same website.

As California enters its fourth straight year of below average rainfall, it is time to contribute to the fight against unnecessary water consumption. Investing in water brooms is investing in the future.


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