Reducing your buildings’ water use by 20% might sound like a lofty goal, but employing the right strategies will lighten your load and make the savings worth your while.
This month, we’ll dive into water efficiency strategies with Maureen Erbeznik, LABBC’s Water Technical Advisor, who will discuss technology options, share insight from case studies, and provide new resources to support your project goals.
- Legislation – In response to drought and water shortages, legislation is tightening and its framework will require water utilities to meet specific use standards.
- Due Diligence –Understanding if your building is efficient is an important step. Check out your median water use intensity (WUI) to assess whether there’s water saving opportunities at your property. Make sure you review the Questions to Ask Yourself on the technology primers before you start any project.
- Options – The top water savings measures are 1) Cooling tower water treatment upgrades, 2) Installing high efficiency plumbing fixtures, 3) Upgrading your irrigation system. For sites with cooling towers this will be your number one water saving opportunity – it can account for 40% of your properties water use. Contact us for guidance on assessing your property.
- Incentives – LADWP offers significant incentives for most upgrades – make sure you investigate all incentives before moving forwards with projects. There are monthly tours of the City Hall East Dynamic Water Technologies installation, you can email us if you are interested in attending a tour.