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.
- 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.
- Sweep paved areas rather than hosing off.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
Last updated 03-06-08
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