Water Savings Makes Good Business Sense

Aging Services of California is a public-interest association that advocates for quality senior living and care in the state among non-profit providers of aging services. They published the following “Agenda Alert” about water usage. 

AGENDA ALERT: Water Savings Makes Good Business Sense

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought after two years of below average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff and a court-ordered restriction on water transfers. 

Nursing homes, hospitals and other health care settings are often one of the largest users of both water and energy. Aging Services’ members can help conserve water by reducing the amount of water used in both landscape and commercial settings by following a few of these recommendations: 

Outdoors

  • Use water-efficient landscape designs using low water-use plants
  • Use efficient irrigation systems
  • Water your landscaping before 8:00 AM
  • Install a smart sprinkler controller
  • Minimize turf areas
  • Use soil improvements and mulch
  • Install dedicated landscape water meters 
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    Indoors 

    • Replace toilets with low-flush 6-litre models
    • Check all toilets for leaks
    • Install low-flow, water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors
    • Run only full loads in washing machines and dishwashers
    • Shorten shower times
    • Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints 

     

    Take a “Three-R” approach to reducing water waste: 

    • Reduce water waste by thawing frozen foods in the refrigerator
    • Reuse steam table water to wash up in the cook’s area
    • Recycle excess cold water from table or buffet pitchers (use it to water plants)
    • Reduce the flow to dipper wells where utensils are rinsed
    • Reduce use.  If you are planning to replace equipment soon, be sure to ask for a water efficient model
    • Replace high-flow faucets with low volume nozzles

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