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Tips for Businesses

Facility managers are finding that water efficiency programs are a way to reduce operating costs and save water at the same time. Here are some things you can incorporate into your day-to-day business practices to help conserve water.

General Management Practices

  • Educate and involve employees in water efficiency efforts.
  • Inform your service contractors that water efficiency is a priority.

Equipment Changes

  • Install high-efficiency toilets, or retrofit water-saving devices on existing toilets.
  • Install faucet aerators and showerheads.
  • Replace high-volume hoses with high pressure, low-volume cleaning systems.
  • Use water-conserving icemakers.
  • Eliminate "once-through" cooling of equipment with municipal water by recycling water flow to cooling tower or replacing with air-cooled equipment.

Operating and Maintenance Procedures

  • Find and repair all leaks.
  • Turn off all flows during shutdowns. Use solenoid valves to stop the flow of water when production stops.

Kitchen and Laundry Practices

  • Run dishwashers only with full loads.
  • Scrape rather than rinse dishes before washing.
  • Do not use running water to melt ice or frozen foods.

Outdoor Uses

  • Sweep paved areas rather than hosing off.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

Last updated 03-06-08