Water: it’s something we use every day. Not only is it great for drinking and bathing, it is also a critical component to cooking many recipes. However, just because you need to use water to cook doesn’t mean it doesn’t just end up going down the drain. Every time you drain pasta or vegetables, water is going into sewer systems when it could be used in other ways.
If you are looking for ways to help your restaurant or home save water, consider these tips to get you started.
Water Treatment Systems
Many people don’t realize that water treatment systems can be attached to their businesses or homes. In fact, tank water treatment options create an excellent opportunity to turn waste water into water suitable for irrigation. That means, instead of that pasta water making its way into the sewer, it can be filtered and redirected to keep your landscape healthy.
Advanced systems have the ability to treat all of the waste water that leaves a facility including bathroom and laundry water. Not only is this a great way to help the environment, it can also lower your monthly water bill when compared to using fresh water to manage your irrigation needs.
Low Flow Toilets and Faucets
If you want a solution that, once it is installed, you don’t have to think about it again, consider installing low flow toilets and faucets. These pieces are designed to use less water with every use, helping lower your overall consumption. High-efficiency spray valves can give you all of the performance you need to loose food particles from dirty dishes without requiring as much water to do it.
For those who don’t want to risk a change in performance of necessary kitchen fixtures, even lowering the water flow in guest restrooms can make a big difference for a larger restaurant.
Dishwashers are like any other appliance; after a while, they don’t perform as well as they could. As technological advances allow us to access more efficient appliances, replacing your dishwasher can potentially lead to savings. Combine that with more high-efficiency detergents and you can expect perfectly clean dishes without all of the waste.
Rain Barrels and Proper Plants
Another solution for keeping your landscaping water use down is the use of rain barrels. You can collect rain water during storms and save it for times when you plants need watering. Make the watering count for even more by only tending to the landscape during early morning or late evening hours. Lower temperatures prevent evaporation, allowing the water to do more good. You can also install rain sensors on any irrigation systems, preventing the system from turning on when it detects rain. That way, you won’t have to use any water through the building (unless you choose to also filter your waste water), you can save as much water as possible, and you can still keep a nice outdoor space.
You can also look for plants that are drought resistant or are designed to thrive based on the rainfall in your area. Plants are more likely to do well in specific climates. While you can plant items that are not designed for your climate, they can be much harder to keep healthy. In cases where droughts are common, sticking to a desert landscape can be easier and cheaper to maintain.