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Workplace Water Conservation
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Water loss through undetected leaks can do damage to your facility's interior and substantially raise your water bill. Practicing preventative maintenancve, and repairing leaks as they occur, can reduce overall water-usage and sewer costs.

To learn more, check out the tips for the following areas:

building maintenance
cafeteria
landscaping

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Building maintenance

  • Routinely check water supply system for leaks. Repair dripping faucets, showers, and continuously running or leaking toilets.
  • Consider replacing or retrofitting old appliances and fixtures with water-saving models.
  • Install faucet aerators where possible.
  • Install automatic sensors in public sinks and urinals, and foot pedals to all work sinks to guarantee that water is never left running.
  • Reduce toilet water by adjusting flush valves or installing dams and flapper mechanisms.
  • When cleaning with water is necessary, be mindful of how much water you’re using. Only use as much as you will need for the job. Consider using high-pressure washing equipment where feasible.
  • Turn off any unnecessary flows. For example, shut off water supply to equipment rooms that are not in use.
  • Minimize the water used in cooling equipment in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
  • Shut off air conditioning units when and where they are not needed, since these units rely on chilled water.
  • Insulate hot water pipes. This will reduce the length of time water needs to run before reaching the desired temperature. Insulation also keeps water in the pipes hotter longer.  
  • When using water in industrial processes, use metal-recovery technologies or vaporators when appropriate to facilitate the recycling and reuse of rinse waters.

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Cafeteria

  • Turn off the continuous flow used to clean the drain trays of bulk beverage dispensers.
  • Turn the dishwasher off when not in use. Wash full loads only.
  • Use clean water from steam tables to wash down cooking area.
  • Do not use running water to melt ice or frozen foods.
  • Use water-conserving ice makers.

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Landscaping

  • Water landscapes only when needed. Two to three times a week is usually sufficient. Do not water on windy days. Water lawns and gardens during the coolest part of the day, usually in the early morning or evening.
  • Use drip irrigation, like a soaker hose, to apply water slowly to areas where it is needed. Make sure that the water does not run into the streets or alleys.
  • Don’t hose down sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots.
  • Use time controllers on sprinkler systems.

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