What are you doing to reduce water consumption on your corporate campus landscaping? In the bay area, although we have received some sporadic rainfall, this winter has been relatively dry. From reduced snowpack in the Sierra’s to low water reserves in lakes and reservoirs, in California, the lack of rainfall is a concerning matter, especially for Bay area water supplies. The California’s Department of Water Resources is urging businesses and residences state wide to reduce water use by 20 percent and have communicated that despite the fact that we have reduced our water footprint by 20%, the cost of water will continue to rise. Here are some ways you can help to conserve water usage and better your commercial grounds maintenance.
Repair irrigation leaks!
A recent study found that nearly 20 percent of the water used in buildings is lost due to leaks or inefficient plumbing fixtures including broken sprinkler heads and irrigation for landscape maintenance. Have your maintenance team regularly inspect, repair and upgrade equipment that is defective, broken or inefficient such as plumbing leaks, toilets, exterior faucets, and commercial landscapers check your sprinkler irrigation equipment.
Close the car wash.
Reduce your property’s water consumption by encouraging tenants or residents to take their car to a professional car washing facility that recycles their water. While car wash stations are a convenience for the staff and community residence, it’s not properly setup for recycling water and the proper discharge of soapy water.
Make your Water Management message transparent by posting and distributing a memo to better educate both staff and tenants on what they can do to contribute towards water conservation. Set goals and monitor the progress. A good way to get everyone involved and on the same page is to share ideas on how everyone can contribute in the area of water consumption, so keep tenants and employees apprised on the result of their conservation efforts!
Many municipalities have done their due diligence in posting notices prohibiting the use of lawn watering. It’s important to communicate any changes in water use regulations with your landscape maintenance service in order to stay within compliance and within budget. Irrigation Water Management can be achieved through a joint effort with everyone contributing. Another consideration might be to have your staff to use leaf blowers to clean concrete walk ways, parking lots, and other common areas instead of washing them down with clean tap water. If you must resort to using water, be sure to invest in a water-conserving automatic-shutoff device.
Convert Your Irrigation System for Maximum Effciency.
If you’re willing to make a larger commitment to reduce building-wide water consumption, install high-efficiency sprinkler heads and smart watering technology for immediate water savings. The number one item contributing to commercial water consumption is lawns. Water usage can be significantly reduced by updating old irrigation equipment, spray heads, and controllers with low-flow and smart watering technology.
Contact our company for our commercial evaluation and audit. We can provide you with a complete seasonal water conservation guide that includes a water budget and water management services.
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