You would think that out of all the places out there, educational facilities are probably the smartest when it comes to their water use - unfortunately, that isn't always the case. It turns out that even institutions responsible for passing knowledge on to other people cannot be perfect all the time, and they may occasionally overuse this liquid resource.
Luckily, though, schools can easily address this problem, tackling it head on so that they can save money, as well as the planet. All you have to do is target common offenders that normally contribute to water waste within your schools.
If you use your maintenance software to perform some utility bill analysis, you'll probably notice one thing: The price of water is continuing to climb. Now is the time to act and prevent running up excessive expenses, so take a look at the equipment around your buildings and run a water audit to see how much is being used in each area.
Look for leaks
The EPA reported that the biggest water-guzzler around schools is the restroom. The agency reported that 45 percent of this resource's use happens in the bathroom. In light of that whopping proportion of water waste going down the drain in schools' lavatories, you should make overhauling these areas a top priority.
First and foremost, you will want to inspect all the components in your restroom, such as the faucets and showerheads. If there are leaks in these pieces of equipment, water could be dripping out when it doesn't need to be doing so, which only adds to your utility costs.
In addition to visually inspecting these areas, Cool California suggested you conduct a test on your toilet to ensure no water is escaping through undetectable cracks. Put a few drops of food coloring into each toilet bowl, let it sit for about 20 minutes without flushing it and take a look: If the water is still colored, then your toilet is intact, while clear water lets you know that you have a leak on your hands. Replace or repair these pieces of equipment ASAP, as a leaky toilet can lead to as much as 200 gallons of wasted water each day.
While you're on a roll making maintenance modifications to your schools, you should ensure your equipment boast efficient features. You can outfit your schools' restrooms with low-flow toilets, faucet aerators and even motion detector on/off functions. These innovations will optimize water use, prevent waste and cut down on your institution's utility expenses.