Water Conservation - Phase 2

In California, which is in the midst of a record-breaking drought, the need is pushing business owners to find every available method to conserve their water resources.

Develop a water conservation plan to work with employees and educate them about water conservation. Develop a written plan for how employees can save water, including conservation benchmarks, then regularly check to see if those benchmarks work.

Regularly assess water-consuming systems by checking for leaks and studying utility bills to see if there have been any spikes in
water usage and consult with a plumber regularly. Businesses can head off major problems before they arise by staying on top of any
unexpected or potential maintenance issues.

Six water conservation steps Verte Mode is implementing

By looking at the following six areas, we can significantly cut our water usage, be more effective environmental stewards, save money on our utility bills and reduce the need for water system maintenance.

1. Improve water system assessment and maintenance

  • Develop a water conservation plan to work with employees and educate them about water conservation. Develop a written plan for how employees can save water, including conservation benchmarks, then regularly check to see if those benchmarks work.
  • Regularly assess water-consuming systems by checking for leaks and studying utility bills to see if there have been any spikes in
    water usage and consult with a plumber regularly. Businesses can head off major problems before they arise by staying on top of any unexpected or potential maintenance issues.

2. Implement simple, everyday water conservation techniques

  • Regularly check for leaks and repair leaky faucets and pipes to save many gallons of water each day
  • Efficiently operate water-intensive machinery and run them once they are fully loaded.
  • Reset water temperature between 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce wasted energy.
  • Shutting off cooling units when they are not needed may save water and energy.

3. Install basic water-efficient technologies

  • Use an Aerated faucet to reduce water flow.
  • Install an insulation blanket on water heaters and insulate the first three feet of the “out” pipe on all water heaters.
  • Install waterless urinals and high-efficiency toilets to reduce water usage and lower utility bills.

4. Install advanced water-efficient technologies

  • Install ENERGY STAR and WaterSense products for 20% more efficient than conventional models.
  • Install “tankless” water heaters to reduce standby storage costs and waste.
  • Install automated timers and controls to turn faucets off after specific intervals to minimize waste.

5. Use efficient landscaping techniques and practices

  • Install moisture sensors to avoid that waste by automatically shutting off sprinklers and other irrigation tools when they aren’t needed.
  • Check sprinkler coverage areas and make sure that sprinklers only cover areas where their water output will be effective.
  • Irrigate in the morning or early evening to stem water loss to evaporation.
  • Use drought-tolerant plants and native turfs that require as little water as possible.

6. Water recycling and water reuse

  • Water recycling in boilers and cooling units to recovery systems that capture and reuse boiler and steam condensate.
  • Water reuse includes using leftover drinking water to irrigate indoor plants and wastewater to irrigate outdoor green areas.