Compilation of best management practices help facilities better manage their water use
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program has created "WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities" — a compilation of best management practices to help commercial and institutional facilities better manage their water use through efficient practices and products.
Building owners and managers can significantly reduce their water use, energy requirements and operating costs by understanding how to use water more efficiently in their facilities. America’s commercial and institutional facilities use 17% of the water provided by the nation’s public water supplies, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
WaterSense at Work addresses water use in educational facilities, offices, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, laboratories and other organizations. The online resource includes in-depth sections covering:
- Water management planning;
- Water use monitoring and education;
- Sanitary fixtures and equipment;
- Commercial kitchen equipment;
- Outdoor water use;
- Mechanical systems;
- Laboratory and medical equipment; and
- Onsite alternative water sources.
According to McGraw-Hill Construction’s Water Use in Buildings SmartMarket Report (2009), business benefits of water efficiency include reduced water use (15%), decreased energy use (10% to 11%) and reduced operating costs (11% to 12%). WaterSense at Work presents numerous tactics for businesses and organizations to achieve water, energy and operational savings, as well as case studies on different types of facilities that have achieved savings by using water efficiently.
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