Water Management Options For The Workplace

The high cost of running a business is due to many expenses incurred on a regular basis. The one expense that can better controlled, is the everyday overhead costs of keeping a workplace operational. One of those costs that be reduced is water usage and consumption. This is because various means and methods exist to curb the amount of water used within the workplace in a manner that still makes the workplace comfortable and convenient for all employees, staff and visitors. Water is a necessity in a business or any office but managing usage is a smart move to help save some money on operating costs.

Bathroom Changes

The bathroom area is one that is a requirement for a workplace but a few small changes can make a big difference in the amount of water used in those bathrooms. One option is to have water saving, low flow toilets installed as they use less water and thus help to save on water bills each and every month. Yet another way to manage water consumption in bathroom areas is to opt for sinks with automatic faucets that run for a brief period of time when hands are waved under the sensor. This helps prevent over usage and also helps in terms of people forgetting to turn water off once they are done using the facilities.

Kitchen Areas

Most workplaces have some form of a kitchen area where coffee is made and employees have access to a refrigerator to store their lunches. Water management in this area can be better controlled by having a dishwasher installed for plates and cups owned by the business and then having the dishwasher run only when full as opposed to people washing items one by one which wastes more water. In addition, a water cooler can be installed and thus people can get water for drinking purposes out of the cooler compared to a sink which could be prone to leaks or being left on unintentionally. A business could also opt to not offer water to employees have them bring their own from home to further control water costs.

Other Ideas and Options

Workplaces that have exterior areas that are landscaped tend to use a lot more water simply for the care and upkeep of those areas. One way to manage water usage in those areas is to have rain catchers installed and thus the trapped rainwater can be used for watering of plants, bushes and shrubs instead of costly hose water. Water is also used in the workplace for things such as cleaning, hosing down sidewalks and walkways, power washing buildings, window washing and even simply helping to keep the exterior of the property free from dust, dirt and debris. One way to control those costs and water usage for these purposes is to have a set schedule and time for using water to clean.

Another option is to outsource power or pressure washing and window washing so that professionals who can do the job faster and more efficiently are in charge of those issues and thus less water is used because the job moves along quicker.  For additional ideas and suggestions, please visit http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/ and check out their helpful hints and suggestions.

Ron Swingly is a content writer for www.waterselect.com and has been involved in water conservation for a better part of 10 years.  He is always up to date on the current green projects going on for water consumption conservation and has become an expert in the green market of ways to save water.

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