water efficiency

Indoor Water Efficiency for Businesses


Commercial users of water fall into many subcategories. Major commercial uses include restaurants, kitchens, office buildings, hotels, laundromats and others.  The type of uses will determine the technologies that can be used. A detailed explanation of facility type and applicable technologies can be found on the Alliance for Water Efficiency website.

Here are several tips on how businesses can increase water efficiency indoors:

  • Use WaterSense labeled products (toilets, urinals, faucets and shower heads) when applicable
  • Rely on Energy Star guidelines, which frequently factor in water savings along with energy conservation
  • In commercial kitchens, replace pre-rinse spray valves with valves that flow at 1.28 gallons per minute or less
  • Replace dishwashing machines with Energy Star models
  • Make sure that ice machines are Energy Star but do not use water for cooling
  • Consider water efficiency in any performance based contracting done to increase water use efficiency
  • Make water savings a high priority in contracts with vendors
  • If any potential Property Assessed Clean Energy program is developed in your area, make sure it includes water efficiency, and integrate that into your plans for future modifications