Conserving water at your building is not only important for the environment, but it can also end up saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year. While it can be difficult to change the habits of the people working or living within the building, there are some simple steps you can do to ensure your business is using the least amount of water possible. Below, let's take a look at some steps you can take within your building to make sure you are not using more water than needed.
Performing regular maintenance of all your building's systems is pivotal. Any system that is reliant on water should be checked as part of a preventive maintenance plan. Leaks can be obvious and located directly at the system, or can be hidden. Leaks can occur anywhere including areas that may be underground or in buildings that do not see frequent traffic. Just one hole that is 1/32 of an inch in a water line can do a tremendous amount of damage and waste nearly 6,300 gallons of water in just one month.
While you can't change the habits of the people living and working in your building, you can help them use less water. Installing water-saving sinks and toilets can help tremendously. Specially designed sinks and faucets can be used to conserve water. These work by regulating the amount of water that comes out of the faucet. Typically, these sinks will use about 30% less water than a standard sink and faucet. Old toilets can be replaced with a water saving design, which uses less water for each flush.
Optimize Cooling Towers
Often, large buildings will utilize a cooling tower in conjunction with the building's air conditioning system. Water is used to cool the liquid in hot pipes and is then recycled back through the system. Although the water is reused, cooling towers unfortunately have a great deal of water waste. A good way to track how much water your cooling tower is using is to install a meter. A meter will give you a solid baseline for how much water is needed to cool the unit. A spike in water usage can indicate a bigger problem with the air conditioning unit, which may be wasting water. Another good tip for reducing water usage is to maximize the cycles of concentration. Depending on your unit, your air conditioner may be able to withstand a higher cycle without clogging. This can help reduce the amount of water used to cool the unit.
At Gausman & Moore, we are passionate about conserving energy and producing sustainable buildings. Being able to conserve water in a building is a great step to becoming sustainable. If you are interested in how you can save more water at your building, reach out to our experts. Our team of plumbing engineers can examine and redesign your systems to ensure that the least amount of water is being used and wasted.