Each day, the average person unknowingly wastes as much as 30 gallons of water. And, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, we waste about 1.7 trillion gallons of water each year.
Only around 1 percent of the water in the world is freshwater, and as a society, we each use 140 to 170 gallons of water per day.
Chances are, your facility is wasting water, which isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for your overall operating costs too. It pays to conserve water.
So, how can you make choices to protect our freshwater supply and keep your annual water costs low? Here are a few ways to conserve our most precious, life-giving resource:
Facility water systems today are not the same as those of decades past. There are many low-flow water fixtures available that can easily replace large water-consuming fixtures. Nearly everywhere you use water in your facility, there’s an option for a low-flow fixture, including:
According to Consulting-Specifying Engineer, these fixtures often pay back on their investment in less than a year, especially if these fixtures are used frequently.
Even just making the switch to motion-sensor faucets can have a big impact on your facility. It’s believed that these faucets can help you save as much as 30 to 50 percent of your facility’s overall water usage.
In residential properties, hot water pipes and storage tanks are insulated, but in many commercial properties, this isn’t always the case. As a result, when your building’s inhabitants need hot water, they will wait at the faucet or shower until hot water flows, which can lead to significant water waste.
However, if your hot water sources are properly insulated, you can limit heat loss, making hot water more readily available, which means users are less likely to waste water. This ensures that warm water is supplied back to the hot water storage tank, reducing energy demands as well.
Just one leaky faucet with approximately 20 drips per minute can result in nearly 2 gallons of wasted water per day, and almost 700 wasted gallons per year. But what about a leak in your pipes, underground leaks, or leaks in remote parts of your facility that can go undetected for weeks and months? It’s a good idea to have someone come out and inspect all of your plumbing and pipes to ensure there are no leaks that are costing you money or wasting water drop by drop.
For example, an irrigation system with a leak that is a mere 1/32 of an inch in diameter—about the thickness of a dime—wastes a whopping 6,300 gallons of water every month! A full inspection of your irrigation system, plumbing, and fixtures can find leaks that are wasting water and pouring money down the drain.
One commercial water management company found that most large properties can get by using 50 to 70 percent less irrigation water without damaging your landscaping. This is one of the places where a majority of commercial properties are wasting the most water.
Additionally, you can take steps to make your entire property more sustainable, with features like a rain garden to collect and store rainwater for later use. You may also want to consider landscape designs that require less water and less upkeep, like native plants.
Also, you can install a rain sensor on your current irrigation system. These sensors identify the presence of precipitation to prevent watering your landscaping during a rainstorm or when water is unnecessary. After it rains, the sensor will reset so your irrigation system gets back on schedule after a rainfall.
Your facility or office cleaning company should be as dedicated to saving water as you are.
If you’re working to conserve resources, one of the places you should start is with the commercial cleaning company that cares for your facility. At All Building Cleaning Corp, we’ll develop a cleaning program that works best for your schedule and delivers an unbeatable clean while also conserving energy and water. We’ve honed our methods to come up with the proper procedures to keep facilities looking their best without wasting water or energy.
Our cleaning teams are thoroughly trained on the most effective ways to clean a space quickly and efficiently, while still saving valuable resources. We know the difference a reliable, environmentally-conscious cleaning company can make in your overall water usage and carbon footprint, and we’ll work with you to come up with the best ways to keep your space clean.
When you need a commercial office cleaning company or janitorial services team that’s as dedicated to saving you money and protecting the planet, look no further than All Building Cleaning Corp. We work in a wide array of industries and are well-versed in what it takes to keep your facility clean. We have experience working in:
See why we’re the preferred commercial building cleaning company throughout Miami, Dade, and Broward counties. Read what our clients have to say about our work, then request a quote today to see our water-saving, dirt-fighting cleaning capabilities for yourself!