Water Conservation in the Janitorial Industry

by Lawton Brothers | May 04, 2018

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Saving water and using water saving principles is simply an act of responsibility. Companies who employ water conservation techniques and tactics are operating responsibly. Every one and every company should. It may just not have crossed the minds of many or perhaps there are some who just aren't sure what they can even do to utilize water conservation techniques.

Ideally this article will bring the topic of water conservation to the forefront once again, at the very least it will offer some practical and useful tips your business and janitorial operations can use to promote water conservation...

Water Conservation Tips

Some of these tactics are simply educational and cost nothing more than time and attention, the benefits far exceed the expense in these measures. Other tactics may require an investment but the reality is that these businesses will save more in the long run...

Low Flow Options

Many of these options will depend on and be dictated by your current plumbing and water network system. From the restroom or cafeteria faucets to the shower rooms, taking advantage of low-flow-restrictors will prove to be a water saving investment. If your faucets, showers and other spouts can be outfitted with such low-flow-restrictors, it is worth the consideration.

Using aerators that are low-flow will emit considerably less water on a gallons per minute rate than typical standard faucets. Toilets are a primary culprit for using excessive amounts of water, as older model may use almost 5 gallons every time the lever is activated. By contrast, high-efficiency models use approximately half that much water.

There even more options to moderate water use, even looking at rinse spray valves and hoses used for dishes can avail another potential savings and eliminate another unnecessary use of water. Restaurants are typically aware of this and use updated sprayers that emit less than 2 gallons of water per minute. Older and other traditional models can use up to 4 gallons, water adds up quickly.

Consider an Audit

Janitorial agencies and other businesses that use extensive amounts of water may be advised to inquire about a water audit. Professional services are available which will help businesses determine how much water is being used, where there are areas to be addressed and assistance in implementing those plans. In some instances, water utility companies may offer no-cost audits and potentially offer rebates for such water-saving initiatives. The savings can add up quickly too.

Use Water-Efficient Equipment

Business use many different types of machines, equipment and tools, many of those which can use great amounts of water. Being a responsible and conscientious business means asking about water-efficient models. There are in particular cases, options that are designed to be less water intensive. Although these alternatives, where they exist, are likely to have a greater price tag that is money that will be returned twice-over in saving and in areas like water heating costs.

Reduction and Water Management

It is commonly under the blanket and responsibility of the custodial or maintenance crew to maintain and landscape the property. In some cases, lawn care services may be contracted, regardless of what role fits water conservation is everyone's responsibility. Using options such as the installation of a water or rain harvesting system, for example, can afford better control of maintaining that professional lawn.

Another possibility could come in the actual planning and planting of the landscape. Choosing to plant native landscapes or other options that would promote water conservation are always viable alternatives.

Educate and Update

It was said at the onset and it deserves to be said again, every person and that means every employee has a role and responsibility when it comes to water conservation. Employers have the power and the means to promote a culture that promotes acting responsibly and that contributes to water conservation. Updates in newsletters or meetings to encourage and inform employees on the progress and success of such programs is an excellent way to build morale. This is a team effort and that includes all of us.

In the same way we believe that "green cleaning" is just the right thing to do, we also believe that water conservation is the responsible thing to do. Contact us for any of your cleaning concerns or to find out more about a responsible and "green" type of janitorial service.

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