Save Water at Your Business

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  • Install ultra low flow toilets, or adjust valves or install dams on existing toilets.
  • Install faucet aerators and high efficiency showerheads.
  • Use water-conserving icemakers.
  • As appliances and equipment wear out, replace them with water-saving models.
  • Eliminate "once-through" cooling of equipment with municipal water by recycling water flow to cooling tower or replacing with air-cooled equipment.
  • Install high-pressure, low-volume nozzles on spray washers.
  • Install in-line strainers on all spray headers; inspect nozzles regularly for clogging.
  • Replace high-volume hoses with high-pressure, low-volume cleaning systems.
  • Equip hoses with spring loaded shutoff nozzles.


  • Detect and repair all leaks.
  • Minimize the water used in cooling equipment in accordance with manufacturers recommendations. Shut off cooling units when not needed.
  • Identify discharges that may be re-used and implement re-use practices. Some discharges with potential for re-use are: (1) final rinses from tank cleaning, keg washers, fermenters, (2) bottle and can soak and rinse water, (3) cooler flush water, filter backwash, (4) pasteurizer and sterilizer water, (5) final rinses in wash cycles, (6) boiler makeup, (7) refrigeration equipment defrost, (8) equipment cleaning, and (9) floor and gutter wash.
  • Use fogging nozzles to cool products.
  • Handle waste materials in a dry mode where possible.
  • Adjust overflows from re-circulation systems by controlling the rate at which makeup water is added: install float-controlled valve on the makeup line, close filling line during operation, provide surge tanks for each system to avoid overflow.
  • Turn off all flows during shutdowns. use solenoid valves to stop the flow of water when production stops.
  • Adjust flow in sprays and other lines to meet minimum requirements.
  • Wash vehicles less often, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • Discontinue using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, loading docks, and parking lots.

Kitchens and Laundries

  • Turn off dishwashers when not in use. Wash full loads only.
  • Scrape rather than rinse dishes before washing.
  • Use water from steam tables to wash down cooking areas.
  • Do not use running water to melt ice or frozen foods.
  • Handle waste materials in a dry state whenever possible.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry or select the appropriate washing cycle provided on the washing machine. Use a rinse water recycle system. Consider purchasing high efficiency equipment.


  • Wash vehicles less often. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water saving pool filter.
  • Lower pool water level to reduce amount of water splashed out.
  • Use pool filter backwash for landscape irrigation.
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.
  • Sweep or blow paved areas to clean, rather than hosing off.

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