Water is a precious resource that many of us take for granted. While it is renewable, water resources take an incredible amount of energy to process and make safe for public and commercial use. In addition to its costs, water usage takes a toll on the natural environment. Wastewater that is improperly treated can contaminate food supplies, and cause issues with marine ecosystems in a short period of time.
To better care for your facility’s water supply and reduce energy costs due to wastewater, follow these six tips.
Research wastewater solutions.
Many facilities take a “set it and forget it” approach to wastewater management, when there are technological innovations that can reduce waste and environmental impact. You should audit your facility for water waste, and invest when possible in efficient upgrades for your water management systems.
Treat water like the valuable resource that it is.
Treated water may seem like an ever-present resource, but it isn’t free. Wasting water costs you money, and puts stress on your community’s treated water supply. In fact, some studies predict that over 50% of the world population will face water shortages due to water waste within the next 10 years. You can do your part by reducing your water use and monitoring potential causes of waste during operating hours.
Adjust equipment and train your staff to conserve.
One of the easiest ways to reduce water waste is by paying attention to your usage in the office and onsite. Many pieces of equipment that use water are provided a constant supply for convenience, but this will cost you money long-term. The MaintenX staff can help you adjust water flow for certain pieces of equipment to reduce waste. You should also talk to your staff about common sources of water waste including leaving faucets and equipment on when it isn’t necessary.
Repair leaks as soon as you spot them.
Leaving water leaks unattended is the equivalent of letting your money go down the drain. If you notice a leak, contact MaintenX immediately so they can fix the problem. If you’re unsure if you have leaks, you can easily check by turning off the water supply and checking the water meter. If it continues to move forward, you’ve likely got a leak. Repairing the issue will always be cheaper than letting the leak persist. MaintenX strives to offer the most affordable services so you don’t have to sweat about emergency repairs.
Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® equipment.
Purchasing ENERGY STAR® equipment is one of the best investments you can make for your facility. ENERGY STAR® certified appliances will reduce water usage and therefore overall costs for your facility. If your appliances are in need of an upgrade, look for the ENERGY STAR® seal of approval for any product you purchase.
Reuse and recycle.
If you can reuse and recycle your wastewater, it is no longer wasted. Luckily, in many commercial facilities reusing water for appliances is simple. By investing in water recycling equipment for your boiler feed or utility water, you can save thousands of dollars every year. MaintenX can help you find the proper equipment and provide installation services customized for your facility.
If you’re interested in saving on your water consumption and wastewater costs, contact MaintenX today! We will guide you in making smart and budget-friendly choices for your wastewater treatment and recycling investments.