3 Ways That Your Facility Can Improve Water Conservation

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Why Conservation Is Important In Your Facility

If you own, run, or manage an office building, school, hotel, hospital, or restaurant then proper water management is important. For example, on average, did you know that leaks can account for 6% of the water usage in your facility?

This is a staggering number and an important fact on why you should look at improving water conservation.

Water conservation is also important because of the risks of:

  • Water Shortages;
  • And Increasing Costs;

Effective water management planning is generally coupled with energy and waste management planning.

Also, according to facilityexecutive.com’s article “Water Conservation, In And Around Facilities” based on data from the Environment Protection Agencies Program “WaterSense” in the United States and all around the world…

“Over the past decade or so, the costs of water and wastewater services have risen at a rate well above the consumer price index”

Overall, effective water conservation in our facilities also helps better manage Queensland’s water basins and groundwater resources, and improves social, economic, and environmental benefits in our communities.

Facility Water Management Program

Today, we are going to talk about 3 ways that you can improve your facility water management program by talking about the three core challenges of water management in your facility.

  • 1. Leak Management
  • 2. Alternative Water Sources
  • 3. Bathroom Water Usage

1. Leak Management

As I mentioned previously, on average, leaks in your facility account for 6% of all water usage.

What can we do to reduce the amount of water wastage from leaks?

First off, identifying and repairing leaks is the main objective of leak management.

There are multiple practices that should be included in your Facility management program to detect leaks which might include:

  • Reading meters: If you don’t meter, you don’t measure.
  • installing failure abatement technologies
  • conducting visual and auditory inspections are important best practices to detect leaks

You will also want to ensure that their are regular inspections, and maintenance performed on all failure abatement technologies, and meters in your facility to ensure that you are able to properly guage water usage in your facility.

To reduce all unnecessary water loss all repairs to leaks should be done immediately upon inspection.

2. Alternative Water Sources

There are multiple alternative water sources that can have multiple applications for reuse.

Some of the sources for Alternative Water Sources might be:

  • Rainwater/stormwater
  • Foundation drain water
  • Treated graywater
  • Condensate from air handler equipment
  • Filter and membrane (e.g., reverse osmosis system) reject water
  • Cooling equipment blowdown

You should consider the following factors for reuse of alternative onsite sources of water:

  • quality constraints of the source
  • potential types of treatment that may be needed to meet the quality needs of the proposed end use.

Overall, using alternative water sources in your facility can help you make a major dent in water conservation in your facility.

What alternative onsite water sources are you using currently?

3. Bathroom Water Usage

The most consumption of water by far in most facilities are bathrooms. Some important factors to consider in conserving water in bathrooms are the following:

Toilets And Urinals

Toilet and urinal flushing typically account for nearly one-third of a building’s total water consumption, and this end-use is one of the simplest and lowest cost areas to target for significant water and sewer savings. For example updating toilets from a 1.6 (gpf) to 1.28 (gpf)

Public Information and Education Programs

While this option is not about the building getting participation of building inhabitants in the water conservation program is a key to achieving water use reduction goals.

Some of the programs that you can implement for the public, and occupants of the building are the following:

  • Establish hot line or other reporting mechanisms to report leaks and waste;
  • Place signs on new equipment on how to use;
  • Initiate a suggestion or incentive program;
  • Distribute flyers and pamphlets to increase awareness of the facility’s water management plan and educate inhabitants on wise water use practices;

Conclusion

Water conservation in your facility can help you save costs and greatly reduce or eliminate the possibility of water shortages.

As I mentioned earlier, overall effective water conservation in our facilities also helps better manage Queensland’s water basins and groundwater resources, and improves social, economic, and environmental benefits in our communities.

For ways on how you can develop a stronger water conservation management program please reference our suggestions in this article:

  • 1. Leak Management
  • 2. Alternative Water Sources
  • 3. Bathroom Water Usage

References:

https://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Managers-Discuss-Water-Conservation-Strategies-Facility-Management-Green-Feature–12368

Water Conservation, In And Around Facilities


https://www.wbdg.org/resources/water-conservation

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