Recognize the Reality
- Communicating conservation topics in the context of water use vs. water loss, population growth, demand forecasting, and conservation education programs can be a more effective approach than simply imposing strict water rationing once a crisis arises. But it depends on having good data-enabled utility action on source water availability, consumption trends, and NRW losses garnered through field-monitoring efforts.
Improve water system assessment and maintenance
- Develop a water conservation plan:
Work with employees and educate them about water conservation. Develop a written plan for how employees can save water, including conservation benchmarks, then regularly check to see if those benchmarks are being met.
- Regularly assess water-consuming systems:
Check for leaks and study utility bills to see if there have been any spikes in water usage and consult with a plumber on a regular basis. By staying on top of any unexpected or potential maintenance issues, businesses can head off major problems before they arise.
Implement simple, everyday water conservation techniques
Even the smallest leaks add up over time. Regularly checking for and repairing leaky faucets and pipes can save a business many gallons of water each day.
- Efficiently operate water-intensive machinery:
Businesses that use water-intensive products should only run them once they are fully loaded or required
Some air conditioning units consume a lot of water. Shutting them off when they are not needed may save water and energy.
Install basic and advanced water-efficient technologies
- Aerated faucets: Aerated faucet heads provide a reduced water flow.
High-efficiency bathroom fixtures: Waterless urinals and high-efficiency toilets are relatively easy and affordable to install. They also have a large impact on reducing water usage and lowering utility bills.
- Pre-rinse spray valves: Installing low-flow pre-rinse spray valves can save food service businesses
Water recycling and water reuse – the present and future of water-efficient technologies and practices
There are many ways to recycle water, from modern gray water systems that take waste water and recycle it for use in boilers and cooling units to recovery systems that capture and reuse boiler and steam condensate.
Water reuse is a simple practice that business owners and their employees can implement. Water reuse practices include using leftover drinking water to irrigate indoor plants and using waste water to irrigate outdoor green areas.