Office buildings, schools, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, and other commercial and institutional facilities typically use a substantial amount of water in their daily operations. Owners and managers of these types of facilities are increasingly aware of the need to use water more efficiently to reduce their risk of water shortages and reduce their overall water bill. By implementing water-saving practices, businesses have the opportunity to become industry leaders in water conservation.
Top ways to save water
- Check for leaks. If you own your business,check your water meter before and after a two-hour period of no water use. If the meter has changed, you probably have a leak. If you rent your facility, speak to the property owner about implementing these conservation methods.
Common types of leaks found in workplaces include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads. All are easily correctable and in most cases, replacement parts are not a huge investment. Most leaks can be repaired by replacing fixtures and toilets with WaterSense labeled fixtures. If you replace your business’ toilet with a WaterSense labeled toilet, you may qualify for a Commercial Rebate Program credit on your water bill.
Encourage water saving habits with your employees. Simple habits such as turning off the water while washing hands or not leaving the faucet running in the break room, can quickly add up to water and money savings.
Just like every home uses water differently, every business has different water uses and different ways to conserve water. What a golf course can do to conserve water can be very different than what a hotel can do. To learn how different types of facilities use water and tools that can help you save the most money, visit the WaterSense Types of Facilities page.
- Become a CCWS certified Community Partner for Healthy Streams. CCWS staff will work together with business owners to assess your business or company’s current conservation practices and develop an action plan based on that assessment. Educational fact sheets covering water conservation in Housekeeping Practices, Maintaining Equipment and Vehicles, Maintaining Landscapes, and much more are also available.