It’s no secret that commercial buildings require a lot of water to run efficiently. Between elements like heat, landscaping and bathrooms, commercial properties use 17 percent of publicly supplied water in the U.S., reported the Environmental Protection Agency. Finding it difficult to cut back in your building? Here are three helpful tips to save on water and water-related costs.
Install low-flow plumbing fixtures
If your building’s plumbing fixtures haven’t been updated recently, they’re probably wasting water. According to Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, most flush valves, faucets and shower heads installed more than 23 years ago are not low-flow, as legislation was passed in 1992 that made it mandatory for builders to use water-saving fixtures in commercial properties. Look into your building’s maintenance history to determine whether its current hardware is causing water to be wasted.
Reevaluate landscaping procedures
Elaborate green landscaping setups may give your building some serious curb appeal, but they also use a tremendous amount of water. The EPA recommended hiring a professional to evaluate your property’s irrigation system and install a new, water-efficient version if need be. If the plants used around your property rely on large amounts of water, revamping your irrigation system might not be enough, however. GreenBiz recommended planting native species around your building, as these tend to thrive with less water.
Stop leaks in their tracks
Not only are leaky faucets annoying – they’re also expensive. Leaks that occur anywhere inside your property are wasting water and costing serious cash. In fact, the EPA reported that leaks account for about 6 percent of an average building’s water use. Toilets, irrigation systems and hoses are some of the main culprits behind expensive leaks, noted the source. Stop damaged equipment from using extra water by establishing strict guidelines for regular leak checks.