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April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 194

It's a real challenge to try and conserve water in a commercial space. Whether it's a steady stream of customers headed to the restrooms or employees who wash their hands and leave the water running, the cost of water becomes a major expense in large facilities. Fortunately for business owners, there are devices which they can install that can help cut down on water usage. Some of the newer technology that is available includes:

1. Self-closing taps shut themselves off within a time limit that is pre-set into them while they are being installed. Usually these devices allow the water to run for 10 to 15 seconds. No one can leave the water running when these are in place which leads to lower water cost and lessens the chance of water overflows in restrooms. These are especially good for high-traffic venues, such as airports and schools.

2. Some taps are designed to shut off when they sense that the person using them has moved his or her hands from under them. When hands are sensed, water will flow for around half a minute. Once the hands are removed, they turn themselves off quickly to minimize wasted water.

3. Water-saving toilets are a good investment for large establishments. An older-model toilet uses approximately 5 gallons per flush while a new one may only use around 1.5 gallons. As you can see, the more people you have using the toilets, the more you can save.

4. Waterless urinals are another water saver. It is estimated that you can save 22,983 gallons of water per urinal per year. To calculate your savings, multiply the gallons saved by the cost of a gallon of H2O in your area. Some models use filtration cartridges to filter urine and are conducive to less odor and a higher level of sanitation.

5. Some toilets are built with two flush options. This allows those using them to select how much water they want to run through the equipment for any given flush. By pushing one button, the toilet will operate using 6 gallons of water; using the other button allows only 4.5 gallons for the flushing process.

Studies have been done comparing regular H2O usage and water use when economy devices have been installed. Some establishments, like large hotels, experienced a 50% drop in the amount of water being used. Obviously this means lower costs, less wasted water, and an ecological saving. In addition, many times you can find rebates that will help you defray the cost of the new fixtures.

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