Water Efficiency Tips For Commercial Properties

  1. Equip faucets with water-saving aerators.
  2. Use instant water heaters near kitchen sinks so the water doesn’t need to run as it heats up. This also conserves energy.
  3. Put up signs in kitchens and bathrooms that list down the hotline to call maintenance or facility managers whenever anyone spots water waste or leaks.
  4. Many ice-makers and refrigerators are water-cooled. Install appliances that are cooled with air instead to see significant water savings.
  5. Apply a water management plan for your commercial property, then teach employees about water saving habits through posters and newsletters.
  6. Publish monthly water use in your company newsletter or bulletin board to show how the organization is progressing toward goals to save water.
  7. Request that maintenance staff routinely inspect facilities for drips, leaks, and other forms of water waste.
  8. Consider water recycling if you use processed water in your commercial property.
  9. When purchasing equipment that uses water, such as dishwashers, ice-makers, and cleaning equipment, don’t forget to consider and compare water use.
  10. Determine exactly how and where your water is being used by installing sub-meters wherever feasible, then regularly monitoring for savings.
  11. Appoint a “water ambassador” within your facility who begins, applies and maintains a water conservation program.
  12. Shut off water to areas of your facility that are unused in order to eliminate waste from unmonitored use or leaks.
  13. Take note of hidden water use expenses, such as chemical treatment, heating and cooling, and sewer costs.
  14. Schedule a property water use inventory and identify your goals in water management.
  15. Coordinate water use with the weather. Use less water during rainy periods and increase use during dry and hot weather.
  16. Instead of rinsing dishes, try scraping them first before washing them.
  17. Go over your landscape irrigation system routinely for broken sprinkler heads or leaks and change pressures to specification.
  18. Determine your landscape’s water needs and water deeply but infrequently. Adjust to the season as well.
  19. If your property has decorative fountains, set them to run on a timer and only use them during daylight or work hours. Inspect them for leaks if you have automatic refilling devices.
  20. Wash company vehicles as needed, rather than on a regular schedule. Choose commercial car washers that use recycled water as well.