Waterless Co. Provides Guidance to Reduce Water Consumption

The western part of the United States is experiencing one of the worst droughts in years. And this one looks like a real game-changer. More people now realize this is part of a permanent trend.

Fortunately, many western states have learned from past droughts and are now managing water much better than a decade ago. Further, new technologies have been introduced to help us use water more efficiently.

The future calls for more stringent steps to reduce water consumption, especially in commercial facilities, says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co. Inc.

However, the future calls for more stringent steps to reduce consumption, especially in commercial facilities.

“Because a great deal of the water used in commercial facilities is used for landscaping, that’s the first place to start,” says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co. Inc.

Among his recommendations to reduce landscaping water usage:

  • Catalog all vegetation growing around the building and determine which plants/vegetation can be replaced with native plants that use less water.
  • Analyze the land layout. Higher areas need more water than lower areas due to water runoff.
  • Switch to recycled water. Treated wastewater can be used at such places as golf courses and cemeteries.
  • Irrigate only at night.
  • Install water sensors to determine if irrigation is even needed.
  • Install several water meters to monitor how much water is being used throughout the property.

“However, if a facility is not landscaped, then [we need to] focus on restrooms,” says Reichardt. “This is where the most water is consumed in these facilities.”

Reichardt suggests building owners and managers take the following steps in restrooms:

  • Install aerators in all faucets.
  • Look for and fix leaks.
  • Install new urinals that consume less water per flush or transfer to waterless urinals that use no water at all. They are also less costly to install and maintain.
  • Select toilets powered by “velocity.”

“Newer toilets use compressed air—velocity—to flush waste,” says Reichardt. “This technology is very efficient and reduces water consumption dramatically.”

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