… And How it Will Save You Money!
The United States is heading towards a national water crisis and not many are taking it seriously. ** Hundreds of municipalities across the country are facing dangers of severe water shortages, due to either drought conditions and/or unsafe drinking water.
In fact, the situation is so dire that water safety ranks as high as terrorism as a major threat to national security. While the news has steadily covered the drought that is happening in California and the crisis that is gripping Flint, Michigan, many U.S. citizens are complacent and unaware of how close to home the safe water situation really is as aging infrastructure across the nation have serious compliance problems, serious lead problems. The American Water Works Association estimates that the hardest-hit areas across the U.S. could see a tripling in the cost of clean drinking water.
That is one GOOD reason for property managers to take heed and begin a full water usage audit of all their properties so that they can save a substantial amount of money. One could morally argue that it is our social responsibility to conserve water for a better future. Being a steward of natural resources is everyone’s responsibility. Either way, water conservation is a necessary consideration for all property management companies.
Successful water conservation involves combining new-generation plumbing devices with tried and true water-saving techniques that can help property managers lower water cost and increase water conservation.
For example, new designs in automatic, touchless, electronic and motion-sensor flush valves are available for new and retrofit installations on toilets and urinals. Changing the diaphragm in older tankless valves to low-volume models saves one gallon of water per flush. Lowering the frequency of urinal flush from once every use to every other use or converting to waterless urinals will also lower water consumption.
Existing toilets over 30 years in age are water guzzlers, using over three to six gallons per flush. Replace these with new higher efficiency toilets that use less than a gallon per flush for a significant reduction in water usage.
As for washing stations, automatic electronic faucets that are touchless and motion-sensor-activated no only minimizes water use, it also prevents the spread of germs. Low-flow fixtures are available for faucets, showers and toilets. Fixtures manufactured before 1992 have flow rates that are at least double if not triple than today’s fixtures. Installation is easy as unscrewing the aerator on sink faucets and replacing with the new low flow one.
Allowing water to run to warm up can result in thousands of gallons per year going into sewer serving essentially no purpose. By installing a point-of-use inline heater which heats water as soon as the valve is turned can also add up to substantial savings.
Submetering technology detects waste due to small faucet drips, water running, valve leaks that are almost unnoticeable. Digital in-line meters and indoor remote smart meter systems are other great ways to monitor and access water usage.
While all of the above strategies are effective ways to conserve water, it is just as important to involve building occupants in your water conservation efforts. Education and frequent water conservation reminders are an important part of the solution.
Property Managers need to clearly convey the importance of water conservation through signs, internal communications, establishment of water consumption policies, education, encouraging tenants to promptly report any leaks or issues, continual audits and sharing successes regularly so that the entire tenement buys into the water conservation effort.
On a final note, there is a growing number of plumbers focused in on “green” initiatives and sustainability. The Green Plumbers USA and Sustain-Ability Solutions that can help meet your water conservation goal.
** According to ‘Clean Water Crisis Threatens Us’ article posted by ‘The Hill’ on April 25, 2016
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