6 Ways to Reduce Water Usage
Written by AOS Treatment Solutions on November 2, 2018
As water increasingly becomes a limited resource, it’s more important than ever to limit your water footprint and reduce water usage. Here are several specific strategies your facility can implement.
What is a Water Footprint?
A water footprint is the amount of water you consume or pollute when manufacturing your products. Your water footprint can be measured in a variety of ways. Measuring your water consumption is the first step to learning how to reduce your water footprint.
How to Reduce Water Usage
The following six strategies can help you cut down down on how much water you use.
1. Improve Current Consumption
Leaks and drips can add up to thousands of gallons of wasted water each year. Taking care of leaks includes monitoring and fixing leaks in pipes, appliances, and equipment. This simple step is an easy way to reduce water usage.
2. Install Water Efficient Equipment
If your facility is using a water filtration system, it needs to be working as efficiently as possible, with all parts and equipment up-to-date. System upgrades can potentially reduce backwash filter rates.
Make sure all pumps are the correct size for the greatest efficiency. Even looking into ways to reduce water use in HVAC systems can make a difference. In some cases, you may be able to incorporate waterless procedures.
3. Upgrade Metering
Automated and advanced meter reading are types of smart technology that can be implemented to better manage your water use. Advanced metering technology can be used to link several operational systems in your facility to measure and monitor your water usage. It’s a good idea to have the water metering incorporated into the building management system.
4. Reuse and Recycle
Water can be recycled through different types of purifying processes. Some facilities may also want to consider harvesting rainwater. If you’re considering this option, there would need to be adequate research with environmental agencies.
Reusing gray water can also reduce overall water usage. There are some common gray water or wastewater recycling methods that you can research for your facility.
5. Provide Employee Training
It’s crucial that employees at all levels understand and comply with water reduction procedures and learn how to reduce water consumption. This might include making sure employees receive education on the most advanced water-efficient technology.
According to the EPA, even learning the correct methods of maintaining and cleaning equipment can keep the facility running as efficiently as possible.
6. Conduct Annual Audits
At least once a year there should be a thorough audit conducted regarding water use in the facility. If possible, an outside professional should be hired to conduct the audit and provide a customized water analysis.
Self-assessments that include benchmarks to be met and set specific standards for future performance should be conducted periodically.
Contact AOS Water Treatment Consultants
AOS Water Treatment has offered specialized water treatments to municipal and industrial markets since 1999. AOS water treatment consultants can help you find ways to cut down on water usage in your facility. We can implement municipal wastewater treatment systems for your organization that includes bacterial cultures, antifoams, and sludge dewatering.
Contact AOS today for more information on how to limit water usage and ways to reduce your water footprint.