5 Minutes

Beginner – I’ve got 5 minutes, what can I do?

OK, for commercial buildings it may take more than five minutes. In order for a water conservation program to be a success, the first step is a water audit—a detailed examination of where and how much water enters the system, and where and how much water leaves the system. Water system audits facilitate the assessment of current water uses, provide data needed to reduce water and revenue losses, and forecast future demand.  With this information, a facilities manager can target system improvements where conservation efforts are most needed.

Turn off the water
Post signs in front of all sinks encouraging employees to shut off the water while soaping hands, and when the water is not being used.

Raise awareness among employees
Employees can have a major affect on the success (or failure) of a water conservation program.  Therefore, it is imperative that they be informed about the program and made an integral part of all water reduction efforts.     

Stop the leaks
Locate and fix leaky faucets, faulty fittings and broken pipes and hoses.  New water pipes and fittings are generally watertight when they are first installed.  However, as pipes settle, some joints can become partially opened, which can cause leaks.  A systematic program of leak detection and repair can prevent future water waste.  On a regular basis, thoroughly check restrooms, shower facilities, kitchens, dishwashing facilities and food preparation areas, janitor closets, water fountains and landscape irrigation.  Ask employees to actively report leaks or loose fittings that they notice during the workday.

Don’t pollute
Don’t dump pollutants down the drain.  Dispose of cleaning chemicals in a responsible way.  Consider using naturally occurring bio-degradable cleaning products.  If you have a question about a product or how to dispose of it, visit Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.

Medium – I’ve got 5 hours, what else can I do ?