Business Water Conservation

What can your business do to conserve water?

  • Put someone in charge: Companies that designate one person to spearhead conservation efforts have more success than those that do not.
  • Educate: 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: Document your current water use before you start a water-saving campaign, then monitor your progress and track the money you save from each water-saving measure that is implemented.
  • Upgrade or replace inefficient equipment: Research whether more water-efficient equipment is available. New equipment is probably more energy efficient as well.
  • Install low-flow devices: Replacing toilets, faucets, and other fittings with low-flow versions is an easy way to reduce water use. Consider installing pressure-reducing valves to reduce water pressure to 70 psi. Less water pressure means less water lost if there is a leak.
  • Consider your landscape: Use native, drought-tolerant plants for landscaping. Most native plants require less maintenance and perform better than non-native plants that struggle with the summer heat.
  • Review your irrigation system: Optimize efficiency by repairing 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.
  • 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.