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Repair and reuse to reduce water waste

By FacilityDude
Apr 11, 2014

Facilities Management, Energy Management

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Repair and reuse to reduce water waste As you look outside and see the gentle dribbles of all those spring showers hit the ground, you may be suddenly struck with inspiration in terms of your facility's water use. There are numerous reasons as to why you might want to reduce the amount of water wasted throughout your buildings and general grounds - from wanting to save the planet to hoping to cut your utilities expenses. No matter the motivation behind this move, here are a few solutions that could help you in your efforts to eliminate expending too much of that wet stuff.

This may seem a little obvious to some facilities managers, but the easiest way to cut back on your water use is to make sure that none of your equipment is leaking. While tracking down a drippy faucet is a cake walk, have you considered other parts of your pipe systems that could have cracks and let out liquid without you even knowing it? If you haven't, then now is the time to use your nifty facility management software to arrange some thorough - and well-overdue - inspections.

FacilitiesNet explains that you should think about using various methods to determine if any leaks are plaguing your buildings. First and foremost, you may want to take a look at your utility tracking software, examining all your past expense reports to see if there have been any sudden spikes in the amount of water used and money spent. If your utilities bills reveal any unexplained increases, leaks could be the culprit.

Repair or replace your equipment

Even after coming to the conclusion that you have cracks in your pipes or other issues causing water waste, you and your team should investigate the problem. In addition to checking visible pipes, you will also want to do some submetering to pinpoint the exact location of a leak.

After repairing these problematic parts, you may keep the momentum going by replacing outdated and inefficient equipment. Everything that uses water, including ice machines and washers, may be sucking up far more water than it needs. Install modern, efficient machinery in old equipment's stead and you can end up saving.

Recycle used water

Lastly, the EPA advised that you recycle your facility's gray water. Any liquid coming from you sinks and washing equipment can easily be treated so that it can then be safely used for irrigation purposes. This means that you would take water already expended to keep your facility's grass hydrated, which will allow you to avoid using additional resources for the sake of your expenses and the environment.

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