Water Conservation Best Practices

  • Conservation 1Hotwire Online Coffeehouse is a "Green" West Seattle business that installed energy-efficient systems.
  • Conservation 2Atlantic Veterinary Hospital is a "Greener" business that has reduced its water use by installing low-flow toilets.

These best practices offer ideas for helping your business reduce your water bills.

Estimate savings
The Water Cost Calculator (xls) and and Water Footprint Calculator can help you estimate how much money your business can save on utility bills by switching to more efficient equipment, technology and procedures.

Read water meters monthly
Compare your water usage to the same month of the previous year. This will help you to both identify leaks as they occur and monitor your conservation efforts.

Leverage our rebates to replace inefficient equipment
See our rebates and incentives for more information about water-efficient fixtures, toilets, appliances, equipment, building operating systems, cooling towers, industrial processes and irrigation systems. Please contact us about custom rebates for items that are not covered in this sheet. Always ask your vendors about more water-efficient options.

Check for leaks
A leaking toilet can waste more than 50 gallons of water each day and a dripping faucet or showerhead can waste up to 1,000 gallons per week!  Follow these easy steps to detect leaks.

Install faucet aerators and spray heads
Inexpensive and simple to install, low-flow faucet aerators and spray heads can reduce your water consumption and heating-related energy costs as much as 50%. Ask your plumbing supplier for more efficient options.

Discontinue unnecessary water use
Instead of hosing down entrances, sidewalks, parking lots and loading docks, sweep to clean these areas, also helping your business meet stormwater regulations.

Turn off water-using equipment
Turn off equipment when not in use, including dishwashers, garbage disposals, and food troughs. Collecting food waste for composting can also help reduce kitchen-related water use and associated maintenance costs.

Work with employees
Train employees to determine how to reduce water in your business. Ensure all employees are properly trained.

Empower your customers
Allow customers to participate in water-saving practices. Let restaurant customers request drinking water and allow hotel customers request clean towels and linens.

Incorporate water-efficient food preparation methods
Adopt best practices for food preparation, food thawing, and kitchen clean-up procedures.

Reduce fleet washing
Use water reclaim systems and eliminate car lot washing and hosing.

Review your landscape watering
Detect and repair all leaks in your irrigation systems. Make sure the sprinklers are watering the landscaping only – not the street or sidewalk. Water your landscape at night or during the coolest part of the day. Install moisture sensors to reduce unnecessary watering.