# Page 139 - WaterSense at Work

October 2012
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Food Disposals
Equation 4-20. Water Use of Garbage Disposal (gallons per year)
= Flow Rate Through Garbage Disposal x Daily Use Time x Days of
Facility Operation
Where:
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Flow Rate Through Garbage Disposal (gallons per minute)
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Daily Use Time (minutes per day)
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Days of Facility Operation (days per year)
Water Use After Replacement
To estimate the water use of a replacement food pulper, use Equation 4-20, substi-
tuting the flow rate of fresh water through the food pulper. Freshwater flow rate
through a food pulper that recirculates water for pre-rinsing is typically 2.0 gpm.
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Water Savings
To calculate the water savings that can be achieved from replacing an existing con-
ventional garbage disposal with a food pulper, identify the following information and
use Equation 4-21:
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Current water use as calculated using Equation 4-20.
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Water use after replacement as calculated using Equation 4-20.
Equation 4-21. Water Savings FromGarbage Disposal Replacement (gallons per year)
= Current Water Use of Garbage Disposal –Water Use of Garbage
Disposal After Replacement
Where:
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Current Water Use of Garbage Disposal (gallons per year)
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Water Use of Garbage Disposal After Replacement (gallons per year)
Payback
To calculate the simple payback from the water savings associated with replacing a
garbage disposal with a food pulper, consider the equipment and installation cost
of the food pulper, the water savings as calculated in Equation 4-21, and the facility-
specific cost of water and wastewater.
Because garbage disposals can use hot water, a reduction in water use could also
result in energy savings, which can further reduce the payback period and increase
the cost-effectiveness.
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Ibid.