Reducing your workplace’s water consumption is a great way to become more eco-friendly and environmentally responsible. It’s also remarkably easy to do with just a few changes to your workplace routine.
In this blog post, we’ll share five tactics that you can use to reduce your office’s water consumption. Apply one, two or all six to enjoy significantly lower water bills and an important environmental achievement.
Use low-flow showerheads
Low-flow showerheads use significantly less water than standard showerheads. On average, switching from a standard showerhead to a 2.5 gpm showerhead reduces water consumption by approximately 50 percent.
Despite the significant reduction in water consumption, low-flow does not decrease the quality of your shower. Since you’ll use less hot water, a low-flow showerhead can also significantly reduce your office’s energy consumption.
Fix dripping faucets and showerheads
Does the faucet in your office’s kitchen or bathroom leak? If so, contact a plumber to have it replaced with a newer, undamaged model. Leaks may not seem like a source of wasted water, but they can quickly add up over time and cost you a lot of money.
Many leaking faucets can be fixed in very little time and at almost no cost to you or your business. Faucets and showerheads often develop leaks due to broken seals or washers – both of which can be quickly and inexpensively repaired.
Update toilets and urinals
Did you know that old toilets and urinals use significantly more water per flush than newer ones? On average, toilets and urinals are responsible for 30% of all water use in commercial buildings in the United States – by no means a small amount.
One of the best ways to reduce your office’s water consumption is by replacing aging toilets and urinals with newer models. Modern toilets are required by law to use 1.6 gallons at most per flush, improving water efficiency.
Add aerators to faucets
Adding aerators to all faucets in your workplace will reduce the amount of water your office uses by half. Combined with low-flow showerheads and modern toilets and urinals, this can result in a significantly reduction in total water consumption.
Unlike new toilets and urinals, which can cost a significant amount and not help in saving money for several years, aerators are inexpensive and deliver savings in as little time as a few weeks from their installation.
Remind staff to save water
Installing aerators and low-flow showerheads is a great way to passively save water at work. An even better way is to inform staff of the importance of saving water and make water-saving behaviors the norm in your workplace.
Remind staff to only run the tap for as long as it’s required, to only flush once after using the toilet and to use plugs to prevent unnecessary tap usage. When everyone works together, you’ll find it easy to reduce your office’s total water consumption.