Be careful with water during drought days – The Willits News


As we all know, water in Mendocino County – in fact, statewide – is in critical shortage due to the lack of snow and rain in recent winters.

Reducing water consumption, like most other eco-friendly practices, is something that many people know they need to do, but they often lack the information or know-how to achieve their goal. In reality, however, pursuing a water conservation effort is much simpler than many realize.

By examining the following six areas, business owners can dramatically reduce their water use, be more efficient stewards of the environment, save money on their utility bills, and reduce the need for home maintenance. water system.

1. Improve the assessment and maintenance of the water system

Develop a water conservation plan: work with employees and educate them about water conservation.

Develop a written plan on how employees can save water, including conservation benchmarks, and then regularly check to see if these benchmarks are being met.

Evaluate water consuming systems regularly: Look for leaks and study utility bills to see if there have been spikes in water use and see a plumber regularly. By staying on top of any unexpected or potential maintenance issues, businesses can avoid major problems before they happen.

2. Implement simple, everyday water conservation techniques

Check for Leaks: Even the smallest leaks accumulate over time. Regularly checking and repairing leaky faucets and hoses can save a business several gallons of water every day.

Operate water-intensive machines efficiently: Companies that use water-intensive products (for example, dishwashers and washing machines) should only operate them once they are are fully charged.

Reset Water Temperature: Maintaining water temperature settings between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit reduces wasted energy.

Turn off cooling units: Some air conditioning units use a lot of water. Closing them when not needed can save water and energy.

3. Install basic water-saving technologies

Aerated faucets: Aerated faucet heads provide reduced water flow.

Water heater insulation: Install an insulating blanket on water heaters, especially older models, and insulate the first three feet of the “outlet” pipe on all water heaters.

High Efficiency Bathroom Fixtures: Waterless urinals and high efficiency toilets are relatively easy and affordable to install. They also have a big impact on reducing water consumption and lowering utility bills.

Pre-rinse Spray Valves: Installing low-flow pre-rinse spray valves can save restaurant businesses $ 1,500 per year or more.

4. Install advanced water-saving technologies

Install ENERGY STAR and WaterSense products: When the time comes to replace a water heater or other water-intensive product, install WaterSense or ENERGY STAR certified products. These products are at least 20% more efficient than conventional models, have a longer life and are less prone to maintenance problems.

Install “tankless” water heaters: In areas where water is infrequently used, tankless water heaters can reduce standby storage costs and waste.

Install timers and controls: These products automate the conservation effort, turning off faucets after specific intervals to reduce waste.

5. Use effective landscaping techniques and practices

Install Moisture Sensors: Automated landscaping can sometimes result in watering green spaces even when not needed. Humidity sensors help prevent this waste by automatically turning off sprinklers and other irrigation tools when not needed.

Check Sprinkler Coverage Areas: Many sprinkler systems are installed in places where much of their water is wasted in non-green areas. Make sure the sprinklers only cover areas where their water outlet will be effective.

Irrigate in the morning or early evening: This practice will help stem water loss through evaporation.
Use native drought tolerant plants and lawns: When designing and building an outdoor landscape, be sure to use plants and lawns that require as little water as possible.

6. Water recycling and reuse – the present and future of water efficient technologies and practices

Water recycling: There are many ways to recycle water, from modern gray water systems that collect wastewater and recycle it for use in boilers and cooling units to recovery systems that capture and reuse boilers and steam condensates.

Water Reuse: Water reuse is a simple practice that business owners and their employees can implement. Water reuse practices include using leftover drinking water to irrigate houseplants and using wastewater to irrigate outdoor green spaces.

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