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October 4, 2005

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Energy Bills Set Standard For Pre-Rinse Spray Valves
U.K. Pubs Lean Toward Dropping Food In Favor Of Smoking
Think Tank Says California Can Cut Water Use By 2030
Orlando Pushes For Legislation To Allow Dogs To Dine

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Energy Bills Set Standard For Pre-Rinse Spray Valves
Here's news on the water front: The California energy bill that was passed in April sets a standard for the manufacture of commercial pre-rinse spray valves. All pre-rinse valves manufactured after Jan. 1, 2006, must have a flow rate of 1.6 gpm or less.

Further, the California law requires spray valves be capable of cleaning 60 plates at an average time of 30 seconds or less.

"Low-flow" spray valves have been part of a California Urban Water Conservation Council pilot program since last year. In the first phase, operators who installed a low-flow valve averaged from $500 to $1,000 in annual utility savings. Average water savings were 137 gals. per day. Gas savings averaged 92 cents a therm per day, and operators with electric water heaters saved an average of 20.9 kWh per day.

You don't have to retrofit existing California stores, though it's certainly a good idea, but your future purchases of spray nozzles should be of the low-flow variety. And note that similar language has made its way into the federal Energy Act of 2005 that George Bush signed in August, though the federal law has no time requirement for cleaning.

Fortunately, some valve suppliers got out ahead of the legislation; three suppliers currently meet the new requirements. More will soon, said Don Fisher at the Food Service Technology Center, San Ramon, Calif. The FSTC, which devised the ASTM test method for pre-rinse spray valves, is now testing new products. (For more on low-flow spray nozzle performance, see our 2003 feature story archived at


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U.K. Pubs Lean Toward Dropping Food In Favor Of Smoking
Coming down to the November wire, health groups and anti-smoking advocates are pushing the United Kingdom's government to revise its proposed workplace smoking ban. As the legislation is presently written, pubs that don't serve hot food would be exempt from the ban.

Pubs 'n' Bars PLC, a 66-pub chain, says it will likely drop food to accommodate smokers. Company chairman Seamus Murphy said the smoking ban won't impact sales much anyway, since "most of our pubs have very limited food offerings."

A survey conducted by an independent research firm showed that 40% of U.K. pubs claim they wouldn't serve food in order to allow smoking. The survey estimates that 29% of pubs currently don't serve food. The survey sponsors, Cancer Research U.K. and Action on Smoking and Health, say 73% of U.K. consumers are in favor of a ban in all workplaces, including pubs.

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Think Tank Says California Can Cut Water Use By 2030
Taking issue with California's Department of Water Resources, the Pacific Institute says California can cut water usage 20% by 2030 and still have plenty to go around. After evaluating DWR's 2005 Draft California Water Plan and doing some computer modeling, the Oakland-based environmental think tank came up with a "high-efficiency" water usage scenario that challenges traditional assumptions.

The scenario suggests that by using price incentives and existing technology on a broader scale, water usage could actually decrease despite growth in state population. The report's authors say a more aggressive approach to water management, as opposed to "business as usual," can improve efficiency dramatically without hurting agriculture, the economy or quality of life in the state.

For a copy of "California Water 2030" go to the institute's Web site at

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Orlando Pushes For Legislation To Allow Dogs To Dine
The Orlando, Fla., city council thinks people ought to be able to dine with a friend—man's best friend, that is. Seems folks in Florida, especially the Orlando area, like to bring their dogs to dinner. Despite the fact that the state food code doesn't allow dogs in restaurants (except under certain circumstances), several operators have allowed dogs in outdoor dining areas.

The move to allow dogs on premise was launched after one operator was penalized for welcoming dogs. Sam Snead's restaurant in Orlando used to offer canine customers menu items from pizza to petit filet mignon served on a complimentary Frisbee, according to owner Candie Ryser. Inspectors for Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation cracked down last year. "They were going to impose a $5,000 fine," she said.

So many people objected to the crackdown that state rep Sheri McInvale sponsored a bill that would exempt Orlando restaurants. The city council followed up with a recent resolution supporting an exemption procedure. "Go to restaurants in Miami, Tampa or Winter Park, only five miles away, and you'll see dogs on their patios," Ryser said. "The city council is finally supporting us."

The only problems are how to draft the ordinance with public health issues in mind and who should enforce the new rule, according to city council member Vicki Vargo.

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