Water Efficiency

In addition to some of the obvious water conservation strategies that everyone can employ—not running faucets longer than is necessary and running dishwashers and clothes washers only when full—property managers and maintenance staff can take a number of steps to reduce water use from building operations, both indoors and outdoors.

Water conservation tips:3

• Check regularly for leaks. A leaking toilet can waste more than 50 gallons of water each day, and a dripping faucet or showerhead can waste up to 1,000 gallons per week.

• Install low-flow faucet aerators, which are low-cost, simple to install, and reduce water consumption by up to 50 percent.

• Adjust boiler and cooling tower blow-down rates to maintain total dissolved solids (TDS) at levels recommended by manufacturers' specifications.

• Minimize the use of water to clean paved areas. Sweep instead of hosing down entrances, sidewalks, parking lots, and loading docks.

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