No doubt you’ve focused on making your heating and air-conditioning systems more energy efficient over the years.
Or maybe you’re like many facilities who’ve retrofitted their lighting systems to cut down on electricity usage.
But studies show that facility owners and managers don’t always pay attention to water usage – and waste.
Believe it or not, U.S. water systems will need as much as $1 trillion by 2035 for repairs on aging infrastructure – and footing a big chunk of the bill will be American companies like yours.
Businesses are already paying a lot more for water than just a few years ago. A poll by the Waterless Co. found that half of facilities said their water bills had risen by more than 10% since 2007.
While businesses can’t control water rates, they can reduce the most common sources of waste inside commercial buildings.
Get your facility department on the case
The best place to start? Your facilities’ restrooms.
Switching from manual to sensor, touch-free urinals, toilets and sinks can significantly reduce waste.
High-efficiency flush valves on toilets can help too. The standard toilet uses 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) while high-efficiency models use 1.2 gpf.
Then there are the leaks, common in restrooms but also other areas. Many leaks can be stopped through preventive maintenance.
The more frequently pipes and water fixtures are inspected, the less likely a leak will go undetected. It might be worth asking your company’s facility manager or building services vendor if they do periodic checks for drips and leaks.