For the past years water conservation has become a top priority for facility managers and owners. Water shortages mean higher utility bills and according to the EPA 40 out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their states over the next decade.
Here are some tips for facility management that can result in thousands of dollars in annual savings. New data analytics and communication technologies are key to identify water consumption and possible savings solutions.
Replace Outdated Fixtures
Gallons of water can be saved by replacing outdated fixtures with WaterSense models, a voluntary partnership program created by the EPA that labels products that are 20 percent more water-efficient and perform as well as or better than standard models. According to the EPA, WaterSense labeled faucets are about 30 percent more efficient than standard faucets, while WaterSense labeled toilets use 20 percent less water per flush.
Track Water Performance
Understanding water performance in your facility comes first to any attempt to improve water use and when facing multiple facilities getting your data together and normalize between properties is vital to analyze and make the necessary adjustments: for example in the case of properties with landscaping, measures like installing drip irrigation to more advanced smart systems that measure the water content of the soil and only water when necessary.
According to a two-year water efficiency study by WegoWise, a hotel in Los Angeles saved more than 30 percent annually after a toilet retrofit. Other water-saving retrofits include replacing sinks, showers and toilets with more efficient models.
Even after fixing leaks and installing more efficient fixtures, Building managers must continue to monitor water use.