Four Ways To Keep Your Store's Water Bills Down
Are the water bills for your store slowly creeping up? The more you pay for water, the less profit you make. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help reduce your store's water consumption.
Install low-flow faucets.
You want your employees to wash their hands often, but what you don't want is for them to use gallons of water each time they do. If you have older fixtures in your bathrooms, have your plumber switch them out for low-flow faucets. These faucets are usually fitted with a device called an aerator, which adds air to the water to make it feel more pressurized, even though less of it is coming out. Low-flow faucets only cost a few dollars a piece.
Replace your toilets.
Older toilets often use 5 or even 7 gallons of water per flush. Newer toilets only use 1.6 gallons per flush. That's a lot of water savings whenever you employees or customers use the toilet. Chances are, your older toilets are also leaky, which may lead to a lot of water waste. Your plumber can replace your current toilets with WaterSense-approved toilets that use less water with each flush.
Re-evaluate your cleaning processes.
Surely, you want a clean store. However, there is a chance you are over-cleaning and using too much water in the process. For example, maybe you don't need to have your employees mop the floor after each shift. Doing this chore just once a day should keep the store floor clean enough. Also consider if some of the tasks you use a lot of water for can be done in a different way. For example, if you hose down the loading dock each day, maybe you can sweep it each day instead and then just hose it down on Fridays.
Check for leaks.
If your water bills have gone up a lot and you have not made any major changes to your processes, have a commercial plumbing service come look for leaks. A leak does not always cause noticeable puddles or water damage if it is located in the pipes leading into the building. Your plumber can send a camera down into the pipes and look for any leaks -- and then repair them to keep your water bills down.
If you are paying more for your store's water supply than you would like, utilize the tips above and talk to your commercial plumber for additional advice.