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Water Conservation in the Community

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Water conservation not only needs to happen in your personal home, in the community water conservation can have major environmental, public health, and economic benefits. Efficient use of water not only helps to protect our drinking water resources, but will reduce the amount you spend each month on your water bill. Behavioral, operational, or equipment changes, if practiced broadly, can also help lessen the effects of droughts in the future.

What can your community business or organization do to improve your water conservation plan?

 Become a Community Partner for Healthy Stream partner. This program is a voluntary, cooperative initiative between Cobb County Water System and local county businesses, institutions, and multi-family residential property owners. The program’s mission is to support companies in their efforts to prevent stormwater pollution and conserve water. It offers technical advice and recognition by offering cost-free evaluations and customized action plants to program participants. 

  • Replace older, higher flow toilets with WaterSense labeled options and receive a credit on your water bill with our commercial toilet rebate program. CCWS customers with properties built prior to 1993 that are billed commercial water, are eligible to receive a $50/toilet rebate per toilet purchased, for up to 100 rebates per property. The rebate will be applied as a credit on the properties’ water bill, can only be applied for once per property, and will not exceed $5,000. 
  • Replace showerheads and sink and kitchen faucets with low flow options. Not only will these reduce water use from your customers, but will reduce your water bill.
  • Find and repair leaks inside your business. A running toilet or a dripping faucet is simply wasted water and money going down the drain.
  • Make sure your irrigation system is in top shape by having it inspected by a certified irrigation specialist. Irrigation systems should be inspected annually, checking for any leaks in the pipes, broken sprinkler heads, and cracks in connectors. Water should also be directed where it needs to be, on plants and grass, not on the street and sidewalks. Timing your irrigation correctly will ensure water is not wasted. Irrigation systems should only be turned on after 4 p.m. or before 10 a.m. and never when it is raining. Installing a smart irrigation controller can help make sure you only use the water that is needed.

For more ideas and ways you can save water at your community business or organization, visit the US EPA’s WaterSense page for Commercial Buildings.