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3 Ways To Reduce Commercial Water Use

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

watering lawn with sprinklers Irrigating landscaping is one of the primary ways water is used at commercial properties

3 Ways To Reduce Commercial Water Use

The average large commercial building uses 22,000 gallons of water per day, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Building and business owners can take several measures to manage water issues such as excessive use and waste. From regular system maintenance to a low-flow fixture water upgrade, here are three ways to use less water at commercial property in Melrose District, CA.

1. Efficient Irrigation
Irrigating landscaping is one of the primary ways water is used at commercial properties. Maintaining equipment, setting watering schedules, and using sensors that detect moisture levels in soil or a rain shutoff device can make it easier to avoid over-watering. It is easier to monitor usage by separately metering an irrigation system.
2. Low-Flow Fixtures
A commercial building is likely to have more than one toilet and sink. These fixtures are also likely to be used by numerous occupants. These factors make upgrading to toilets and urinals that use fewer gallons-per-flush and fitting sinks with lower-flow aerators or automated faucets worthwhile. These fixtures can reduce water issues and the installation process is a good opportunity for inspection and maintenance of a commercial plumbing system that could prevent water damage.
3. Concentrate Cooling Towers
Large air conditioning systems often rely on cooling towers to cool hot water for re-circulation. Adjusting the water chemistry or retrofitting a system to allow for more cycles of concentration can reduce water waste. Metering cooling tower water usage can identify potential problems and can allow building or business owners to apply for evaporative credit that lowers sewage charges.
Upgrading HVAC and irrigation systems and switching to lower-flow fixtures can significantly reduce water usage. It may be possible to solve a variety of water issues by pursuing separate metering or submetering. These measures can lower utility bills and reduce waste at a commercial building in Melrose District, CA.

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