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MODEL CALIFORNIA BUSINESS RECEIVES WATER CONSERVATION AWARD

      MODEL CALIFORNIA BUSINESS RECEIVES WATER CONSERVATION AWARD
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Tiny Tots Diaper Service was honored as an outstanding example of Industry Water Conservation at the Local Government Commission's statewide water conference, "California Water Policy: Toward a New Consensus", held Nov. 7 and 8 in Los Angeles.  The conference awards program recognized individuals, organizations and institutions that have implemented innovative water programs in the areas of conservation, reclamation, and water management.  Tiny Tots was the only example from private industry recognized for its water conservation efforts.  The award was presented by actor Ed Begley Jr. to owners John and Linda Sparling of Campbell at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.  The two day conference was attended by over 300 state and local government officials, members of water boards and agencies, and others interested in California's future water policy.
    This award recognizing Tiny Tots' innovative efforts in water conservation follows an award the company received in August from the California Resource Recovery Association.  Tiny Tots was honored by the CRRA as having the best source reduction program in the State of California in 1991 for its contribution to statewide source reduction efforts in multiple areas; for encouraging parents to select reusable diapers, for reducing water consumption and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and sewage treatment plants.  With the help of over 20,000 involved families and day care centers, Tiny Tots Diaper Service currently diverts 222 tons of garbage each week from the solid waste stream.  If everyone in the areas Tiny Tots serves used reusable cotton diapers, 2,222 tons of garbage could be eliminated each week, or 115,544 tons each year.
    While households and businesses in California struggle to cope with the water shortage, Tiny Tots Diaper Service is one step ahead of the costly game.  The Tiny Tots diaper processing plant in Turlock features "state-of-the-art" water and energy efficient equipment, using 39 percent less water than its predecessor plant.  Ken Rodrigues, Tiny Tots Turlock plant manager, translates the plant's 17 million gallon water savings into easy-to-grasp terms: "We can wash an entire day's worth of diapers with half the water you use in one toilet flush."  Tiny Tots is the only service of its kind to use the innovative and environmentally friendly 10-step Milnor Batch washing system method for diaper cleaning which filters and reuses the water several times --  in the process saving water, heating energy and processing time.  Through its continuing efforts in water, energy and resource conservation, Tiny Tots successfully demonstrates that good business is good for the environment.
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    /CONTACT:  Ken Rodrigues of Tiny Tots, 209-632-2229/ CO:  California Citizens for Cloth; Tiny Tots ST:  California IN: SU: JL -- SF005 -- 1651 11/15/91 15:17 EST
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