10 pre-spring water-saving tips
With spring approaching, it’s time to inspect for any damage caused by the past few months of freezing temperatures, ice and snow. With the inevitable annual thaw, below are tips for owners and managers of multifamily and commercial properties from water conservation firm WaterSignal to help identify leaks and save water.
Multifamily water-saving tips
1.) Check the water pressure on each building. Excessive pressure (more than 80 psi) can increase the chance of leaks.
2.) Reduce lawn irrigation. Most communities overuse water, but it’s easy to train your grass to grow with less.
3.) Make sure all irrigation rain sensors are working.
4.) Monitor the water line to the swimming pool as it is notorious for leaks. Not only will you save on water, you’ll save on chemicals too!
5.) Inspect all units for leaks quarterly while performing preventative maintenance. Be sure to also check laundry rooms for leaks, as well as hose bibs for drips.
6.) Inspect basement crawl spaces for leaks. Even small leaks here can cause devastating structural damage.
7.) Check your property for wet spots and alligatored pavement. These are common signs of an underground leak.
8.) Take a daily walk through vacant units to check for running faucets or toilets.
9.) Reduce lawn areas or replace grass turf with new, deep rooted varieties that require less water.
10.) Buy products bearing the EPA’s WaterSense label for conservation and performance.
Commercial water-saving tips
1.) Inspect the building weekly (restrooms, kitchens, water lines, hose bibs, etc.) and make any necessary repairs.
2.) Tour the entire property monthly; thoroughly inspecting water lines and meter vaults for leaks. Also be on the look-out for wet spots and alligatored pavement as these are common signs of an underground leak.
3.) Inspect cooling towers for valve malfunctions and leaks.
4.) Install meters on the make-up and bleed-off lines to aid closer monitoring, in turn, confirming that the system is operating at optimum parameters.
5.) Inspect your irrigation system for leaks and improperly set timers, as well as broken or misdirected sprinkler heads.
6.) Install rain/freeze sensors on your irrigation system and inspect weekly.
7.) Test the building’s water pressure. Excessive pressure increases the chance of leaking and may cause damage to fixtures.
8.) Replace high-flow fixtures with low-flow. Consider metered valve, self-closing, infrared and ultrasonic sensor fixtures.
9.) Look for products bearing the EPA’s WaterSense label for conservation and performance.
10.) Educate tenants, employees and visitors to conserve water and report leaks.