Raley's fights drought with new water, energy saving program

Apr 6, 2015 7:26 PM by Charlene Cheng

Raley's in Redding serves an average of 3,000 customers a day.

Keeping a clean store is a top priority, but heavy water usage is taking a toll on the environment.

"Here we are four years into a drought, I don't think anyone needs to understand that, especially here in Shasta County, they know saving water is a good thing," Operations Team Leader Paul Degman said.

The supermarket chain has found a potential solution.

The Ecolab program is expected to annually save 4 million gallons water, 7.5 kilowatt-hours of energy, 100 tons in shipping, and 23,000 hours of labor, spread out across 118 stores.

For example, the SaniSave liquid cleans deli slicers that traditionally needed to be taken apart and sanitized with multiple products, saving both resources and time.

"It used to take five, 10 minutes to clean the slicer, to give the customer the product in a nice fashion, it's cut that time even farther than in half to do that," Degman said.

The Ecolab products will also cut down on water-heating costs.

LmENTARY is a cleaning solution for floors that doesn't require a mop and hot water.

For a 60,000 square foot store, that could mean a world of difference.

"We're trying to reduce our footprint on the environment as we can. Obviously we're running a grocery store, but it's become more of a focus for our company," Degman said.


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