Water Conservation: Every Drop Counts

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Commercial buildings account for about 17 percent of the total water used in the United States, according to the American Water Works Association. As substantial water users, businesses have the opportunity to help conserve this valuable resource. You can significantly reduce your water use through a combination of conservation practices and water-efficient technologies.

Water conservation strategies

Start saving now with these no-cost water management practices.

  • Check for and repair all water leaks. Even a small water leak can result in gallons of water wasted each day.
  • Operate dishwashers and laundry machines only with a full load. Scrape dishes instead of rinsing them.
  • Print only when necessary. It takes 2.6 gallons of water to produce one single sheet of paper.
  • Encourage employees to carpool or take public transportation to work. It takes 13 gallons of water to produce one gallon of gasoline.
  • Water your landscaping only when necessary and irrigate early in the morning or at night to reduce water waste from evaporation.
  • Adjust sprinklers to water landscaping and grass only. Avoid wasting water and money irrigating sidewalks and parking lots.
  • Create an irrigation schedule for fields by deciding when to apply water and how much to use. Scheduling systems that use soil-, plant-, or atmosphere-based measurements to plan irrigation times have decreased the amount of water used while improving yield.

Water-efficient technologies

With a small investment, you can make a lasting impression on your business' water footprint.

  • Upgrade with aerated faucets that provide a more efficient flow of water.
  • Install high-efficiency toilets and waterless urinals in restrooms.
  • Install timers and moisture sensors to minimize water use in landscaping.
  • Use drought-tolerant native plants and turf whenever possible. With a little planning, you can have an attractive landscape that reduces water use and costs.
  • In foodservice operations, install high-pressure, low-volume spray valves and dishwashers with automatic shut-off valves.

PG&E is looking for new ways to reduce water use in our facilities and educate our employees to take similar measures at work and at home. Click here to learn more.


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