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Guardian Water & Power authors article “Getting Soaked” in February’s NAA Publication Units


With tightening water quality standards and aging
infrastructure driving up water rates around the country,
some apartment owners are turning to submetering
to protect their bottom line.


By Sean Dicks

National Sales Manager
Guardian Water & Power

Annual water rate increases are more than just
an inconvenience— they’re a huge financial
burden for multifamily property owners and
managers. Municipal water rates are increasing
by up to 55 percent in some districts, with an
average nationwide increase of 12.9 percent going into 2011.
Property owners in Kentucky, for instance, recently experienced a
37 percent rate increase, translating to approximately $10 per
household per month.
Among the factors causing the increase are the tightening of
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements
on water
quality and waste distribution in the United States, a growing
need to improve crumbling municipal water infrastructures (such
as pipes, pumps and treatment plants), and significant declines in
water consumption because of the poor economy.


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Guardian Water & Power Partners with Niagara Conservation – Save More Water. Reduce Maintenance Costs. Conserve the Environment

September 7, 2010
Guardian Water & Power, a national provider of utility submetering and cost recovery services for multi-family and commercial property owners, today announced a strategic partnership with Niagara Conservation. Niagara is a leading provider of water and energy conservation products.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Niagara to enhance the conservation benefits of our water submetering services,” stated Patricia Apostolos, President of Guardian Water & Power. “Niagara’s Stealth product will promote conservation, reduce maintenance costs and strengthen owner/resident relationships in the apartment communities we serve.”

Niagara “Stealth” is an EPA Water Sense® certified ultra-high-efficiency toilet (UHET) and the first and only model which offers a 0.8 gpf single flush. “Stealth uses 37 percent less water than a standard HET. Retrofitting apartment communities with submeters and Stealth can dramatically reduce water and sewer utility expenses,” said Apostolos. “Apartment residents and owners both benefit when water submeters and high-efficiency toilets are built into apartment communities.”

Annual savings on water bills with Stealth go beyond standard water-saving toilets, saving up to 20,000 gallons of water per year, which translates to $101 per year on water usage and $1,013 in its lifetime, depending on the wastewater rate. Additionally, installation is simple with no expensive parts to replace, providing further savings for owners.

“Standard toilets found in most homes and apartments are the main source of wasted water and excessive bills,” according to Paul Kwiat, Niagara’s Director of Sales. “Standard 3.5 gpf toilet designs just can’t be made or sold anymore; they’re wasteful, inefficient, unreliable and awful for the environment. Stealth is the only ultra-high-efficiency toilet which offers a 0.8 gpf single flush while reducing maintenance fees. The savings implications are colossal for multi-family owners.”

For more information about Guardian’s submetering and water saving products, please contact a Guardian representative at 877-291-3141 or visit www.guardianwp.com/stealth.

About Guardian Water & Power

Founded in 1983, Guardian Water & Power www.guardianwp.com is a national provider of utility submetering and cost recovery services for multi-family and commercial property owners. Guardian services include submetering system installation for water, gas and electric, billing and collection services, regulatory research, rate analysis, utility bill auditing, loss detection and control services. Guardian cuts operating costs, increases property values and builds bottom lines.

About Niagara Conservation

Niagara Conservation www.niagaraconservation.com is a leading provider of water and energy conservation products, as well as a leading developer of complete conservation solutions. With a history of more than 30 years of quality and innovation, Niagara Conservation has earned an unparalleled reputation as the premier manufacturer of high-efficiency water and energy conservation products.