What can you do to conserve?
Put someone in charge
Companies that have one person spearhead conservation efforts have more success than those that do not. Having one person who is responsible for identifying and implementing water-saving measures will increase the efficiency of the process and will increase water savings.
Awareness is a key component to any water conservation goal. If staff members are aware that a company goal is to conserve water, it is more likely that they will put efforts toward this goal.
Establish a baseline
To monitor your progress and the money you save from water conservation, first establish a baseline for comparison. Then, provide information on the potential water savings for each water-saving measure that is implemented. Be sure to tackle your biggest water-saving projects first.
Upgrade or replace inefficient equipment
Do you have a piece of equipment that uses a significant quantity of water? Research whether there is a more water-efficient piece of equipment that is now being made. Often, you may find that the new piece of equipment is energy efficient as well. Make water use part of the evaluation process in new equipment purchases.
Install low-flow devices
Low-flow versions of toilets, faucets, and other fittings are now available at local hardware and remodeling stores. Replacing these items can reduce water use. Low-flow showerheads are available for free at our main office.
Consider your landscape
Use native, drought-tolerant plants for landscaping. Hardy native plants require less maintenance and perform better than non-native plants that are struggling with the summer heat.
Review your irrigation system
Irrigation is a large water use for businesses. Check your irrigation system to optimize efficiency. Repair broken sprinklers, pipes and fittings. Adjust sprinkler spray patterns to match the planting area. Installing smart controllers will reduce your water use even further. Check out our Lawn Irrigation Tips page for additional ideas.
Slow the Flow
Water pressure in McMinnville is fairly high. Consider installing pressure-reducing valves to reduce water pressure to 70 psi. Less water pressure means less water lost if there is a leak.
Check for leaks
Sprinklers, toilets and cooling systems are the most common sources of leaks. Make leak-checking a routine maintenance task, and let staff know who they should report leaks to.
For assistance with a commercial water conservation project, contact the Water Conservation Department at McMinnville Water & Light.