Conserve Water at the Office

Many businesses are making efforts to decrease their water use. Here are ways reduce water use in your workplace.

OfficeImage of a Glass of Water
 

  • Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
     
  • Upgrade older toilets with water-saving WaterSense® labeled models.
     
  • Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
     
  • Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.
     
  • Some commercial refrigerators and ice-makers are cooled with water. Upgrade to air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
     
  • Post a hotline in bathrooms and kitchens to report leaks or water waste to facility managers or maintenance personnel.
     
  • Create a suggestion and incentives system at your organization to recognize water-saving ideas.
     
  • Include a water-saving tip in your employee newsletter.
     
  • Implement a water management plan for your facility, then educate employees on good water habits through newsletters and posters.
     
  • Publish your organization’s monthly water use to show progress toward water-saving goals.
     
  • Conduct a water audit  for your facility to find out your recommended water use, then monitor your utility bills to gauge your monthly consumption.
     
  • Have maintenance personnel regularly check your facilities for leaks, drips and other water waste.
     
  • If you use processed water in your business or facility, look into water recycling.
     
  • Consider and compare water use when purchasing ice makers, dishwashers, reverse osmosis units, coolers and cleaning equipment.
     
  • Become or appoint a water ambassador within your organization who creates, implements and maintains your water conservation program.
     
  • Determine how your on-site water is being used by installing sub-meters where feasible, then monitoring for savings.
     
  • Conduct a facility water use inventory and identify water management goals.
     
  • Don’t forget hidden water use costs, like energy for pumping, heating and cooling, chemical treatment, and damage and sewer expenses.
     
  • Show your company’s dedication to water conservation through a policy statement. Commit management, staff and resources to the effort.
     
  • Shut off water to unused areas of your facility to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use.
     
  • Create a goal of how much water your company can save and plan a celebration once that goal is met.
     
  • Ask employees for suggestions on saving water and give prizes for the best ideas. Incentivize it!
     
  • Hire a WaterSense® irrigation partner to help with your landscape.
     
  • Marry the weather with your landscape water use. Water use should decrease during rainy periods and increase during hot, dry periods.
     
  • Ask your company to support water conservation events and education.
     
  • Forgo those plastic water bottles to lower your carbon footprint.
     
  • Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before washing.
     
  • Use water-conserving ice-makers.
     
  • A recent study showed that 99% of business managers surveyed ranked water conservation as a “top five” priority over the next decade.
     
  • If your facility relies on cooling towers, have maintenance maximize cycles of concentration by providing efficient water treatment.
     
  • Be sure your irrigation system is watering only the areas intended, with no water running onto walks, streets or down the gutter.
     
  • While cleaning sidewalks, a hose and nozzle use 8-12 gallons of water per minute.
     
  • Inspect your landscape irrigation system regularly for leaks or broken sprinkler heads and adjust pressures to specification.
     
  • Give your landscape proper amounts of irrigation water. Determine water needs, water deeply but infrequently, and adjust to the season.
     
  • Establish a monthly water budget for your landscape based on the water needs of your plants.
     
  • Put decorative fountains on timers and use only during work or daylight hours. Check for leaks if you have automatic refilling devices.
     
  • Wash company vehicles at commercial car washers that recycle water.
     
  • Wash company vehicles as needed rather than on a schedule. Stretch out the time in between washes.
     
  • Consider turning your high-maintenance water feature/fountain into a low-maintenance art feature or planter.
     
  • When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and energy efficient.
     
  • Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses.
     
  • When ice cubes are leftover from your drink, don’t throw them out. Pour them on a plant.