Every year we see huge areas of North America suffering significant drought and water shortage. While most areas remain unaffected, the low water levels in other locations can have a devastating effect on homes. Agriculture and other industries take the blame for a large percentage of the total water consumption, however, domestic water use still dominates the pie chart. We preach sustainability in almost every other aspect of daily life, is enough being done to use water more conservatively in our homes? With the right commercial property management service, you can cut down the water consumption in your building and save money in the process.
The Most Common Wasteful Water Habits
So you think that water consumption in your building is too high, but how do you know? One of the best ways to understand the water usage is to conduct a facility audit. If you don’t know the biggest offenders, how will you know which areas of your building are wasting water?
Does your building have appropriate metering systems? Are you able to tell how much water is being used for irrigation? Is your cooling tower sub-metered and can you calculate its water use? You could unknowingly be paying too much for sewage charges since your water provider will assume that all the water coming into your building is also leaving for wastewater treatment facilities. This might not be the case. If you already have your cooling tower metered, can its efficiency be improved? There are a number of low-cost ways to do this.
One of the most frustrating water habits that we all see is unnecessary irrigation. Is your building watering plants and other vegetation when it isn’t required? Even worse, is an automatic timer watering plants during the rain? This is a senseless waste of precious resources. Thankfully, all of these water waste habits can be improved on.
The Best Ways to Save Water
Your priority should be improving the efficiency of the water cooler. Unfortunately, its water use generally tends to be high. If it isn’t being used efficiently, the water waste will also be high. Additional components such as conductivity controllers and overflow alarms are easily installed and cut down on water consumption.
If your building is dated, there’s a chance that the toilet water system is also not as efficient as it could be. Many manufacturers produce toilet flush valves which will greatly improve the gallons-per-flush numbers. Toilet tanks and flush valves can be swapped for more efficient parts with minimal changes to the actual toilet. One small change throughout a whole building can create a huge water saving.
Another straightforward way to prevent water waste is to install a seasonal timer for your irrigation system. This will allow you to create watering patterns for summer, and reduce them for autumn when less water is needed. If your irrigation system is still using too much water, then consider swapping the vegetation for plants which need less water.
Finally, can you install a water re-use and recycling system in your building? While the initial set-up still remains costly, many buildings are adopting the system and seeing the long-term benefits of treating and reusing waste water.
How Commercial Property Management Can Help
By improving the water consumption efficiency in your building you’ll reduce waste water, and your building will, therefore, become more profitable. If there’s less sewage water being sent to a treatment facility and less water wasted on irrigation, your water charges will fall dramatically. A commercial property management service will be happy to perform your initial audit and analyze the results. They can handle the task of installing the recommended equipment and methods to guarantee less water consumption throughout your building.