Protect the environment and cut business costs by preserving water in the workplace.
Businesses use a lot of water, and as a result, use a lot of energy. Industries and public institutions account for over a quarter of the water usage in major cities. Manufacturing processes, washing and cleaning, air conditioning, restrooms, and landscaping are all major contributors to workplace water use. Efforts at creating a sustainable workplace can do much more than cut costs but can protect the environment and preserve this natural resource for future generations.
Making your workplace a water-friendly environment can influence other businesses in the area as well as your employees to practice water-saving techniques out of work and at home.
Follow The 5 Simple Steps To Save Water In Your Workplace
- Inspecting Issues - No system is perfect. A leak in a faucet or toilet can cost you thousands of dollars a year. Look for drips and leaks in your system that could possibly be cutting into your sustainability efforts. Make repairs as needed and create a schedule that keeps your system in check. If needed, a plumber can be hired to keep the maintenance schedule for you, especially if you’re managing a large or complex operation.
- Modernize Equipment - Old toilets and other machinery may not be built to modern standards of water and energy efficiency. Replace any old and inefficient equipment that could be using much more water than is needed. Aerators on faucets can be extremely effective in reducing water usage. Consider replacing your old toilets and faucets with Low Flow versions of each. You may even consider water free urinals in the men’s room. Replace all water intensive machinery with water efficient versions. Check to see if they have Watersense labels on them for best results.
- Define Procedures - Making sure the procedures in place within your business are efficient and smart. When watering plants, check the weather to see if it will rain, only water when you don’t see rain forecasted for an extended period of time. Overwatering will damage grass and gardens either way so it is best to monitor the forecast.
- Recycle Water From Machinery And Manufacturing Operations - This is known as grey water. Make sure you operate within the laws of your area when using gray water so your business doesn’t get in trouble. Water harvesting is often a neglected source of clean water. By collecting rainwater, one can harvest their own source of water for use. Harvesting is especially good for plants since plants prefer untreated water. Harvesting also reduces surface water flood risks by diverting the water into the harvesting tank.
- Employee Involvement - Come up with water-use policies and give them to all your employees so they can contribute to water-efficiency at your company. Success as a whole organization starts on an individual basis. Ask your employees for suggestions and feedback on water issues. Employees are usually the first ones to spot these problems and it's worth listening to all ideas for the best ideas usually come from the ones who spend the most time in the area. Sponsor community events or conservation projects. Invite a representative to speak to employees and offer suggestion for saving water.
Dan Agudelo, VP Creative Content Marketing - Dan spends his time creating well-crafted water content that aligns with the values of customers, clients and the water loving public. Dan is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in marketing. For him, marketing the value of water is a passion. Dan spends his free time with friends and family in the Hudson Valley and NYC. His hobbies include soccer, drawing, music and the Marvel Comic Universe.
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