Water Conservation

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Water-Wise at Work - Commercial Business


In addition to the following tips, click here to go to an online tool Connecting the Drops Toward Creative Water Strategies: A Water Sustainability Tool. This tool is intended for business leaders who want to understand how water conservation could be incorporated into their company's practices, and how to design and implement water conservation strategies.

Click on the following for tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Water Use Efficiency Program:


  • Designate a water efficiency coordinator.
  • Develop a mission statement and a plan.
  • Educate and involve employees in water efficiency efforts.


  • Install ultra low flow toilets, or adjust valves or install dams on existing toilets.
  • Install faucet aerators and high efficiency showerheads.
  • Use water-conserving icemakers.
  • As appliances and equipment wear out, replace them with water-saving models.
  • Eliminate "once-through" cooling of equipment with municipal water by recycling water flow to cooling tower or replacing with air-cooled equipment. 


  • Detect and repair all leaks.
  • Minimize the water used in cooling equipment in accordance with manufacturers recommendations. Shut off cooling units when not needed.

Kitchens and Laundries

  • Turn off dishwashers when not in use. Wash full loads only.
  • Scrape rather than rinse dishes before washing. 
  • Use water from steam tables to wash down cooking areas.
  • Do not use running water to melt ice or frozen foods.   
  • Handle waste materials in a dry state whenever possible. 
  • Wash only full loads of laundry or select the appropriate washing cycle provided on the washing machine. Use a rinse water recycle system. Consider purchasing high efficiency equipment.


  • Wash vehicles less often. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water saving pool filter. 
  • Lower pool water level to reduce amount of water splashed out.
  • Use pool filter backwash for landscape irrigation.   
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used. 
  • Sweep or blow paved areas to clean, rather than hosing off.