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Non-Residential Water Efficiency Programs

Non-Residential Water Efficiency Programs

In addition to addressing water efficiency issues in public and residential buildings, DEP is also pursuing a Non-Residential Water Efficiency Program as part of our comprehensive approach to water demand. Commercial and non-residential buildings account for a significant proportion of citywide water demand and stand to benefit from partnerships with the City to reduce water consumption. In order to maximize water savings to meet the Water for the Future goal of a 5% reduction in citywide water demand, DEP will tap into water saving opportunities through exploring partnerships with the private sector.

The New York City Water Challenge

During the spring of 2013, DEP launched a water efficiency program called the New York City Water Challenge. The New York City Water Challenge is a year-long, voluntary challenge to private sector groups to match the 5% citywide water consumption reduction goal. Participants are asked to calculate baseline water consumption, track water usage in their facilities for 12 months, develop Water Conservation Plans, and attend meetings with DEP to discuss progress. Challenge participants receive formal recognition from DEP for their efforts. In the first year of the challenge some of the city’s largest and most prestigious hotels were the first to participate; for more information on the New York City Water Challenge to Hotels please click the link below. The current New York City Water Challenge is working with the restaurants sector; more information is also available via a link below.