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Cutting down on water waste in the office

Offices don’t score well on the sheet of water wastage as compared to the households. Not just water wastage but the other forms of energy wastage are also high in offices and less in homes. The simple reason is that people care for the utility bills at homes as they are supposed to pay them. On the other hand, wastage hardly concerns people in offices because they think they are not the ones who have to pay the bills.

This mentality is wrong, and nobody should have this sick mentality. In fact, people must realize that water conservation is not just important from the bill’s point of view but from the environmental point of view as well. Saving water is an environmentally friendly measure that ensures that we never get into a drought-like situation. You can do numerous things to make your office a place where no water wastage takes place, and the following are some ways to ensure conservation of water and energy at your workplace:

Conduct a water audit

This is the first and foremost step towards a path to water conservation. A water audit takes into consideration the overall use of water in the entire office building, including water usage for sanitary and landscape use. Offices hire contractors for the audit, or you can use the water audit software and do the auditing on your own.

Install water-saving appliances and fixtures

A very efficient way to keep a check on water waste in office is to install water efficient, low-flow fixtures, like faucets, showers, and toilets. These water saving appliances and fixtures can bring down the water consumption to a ground level and saves your money. In some countries, the government gives special aids and subsidies to the offices and educational institutions to upgrade their normal fixtures to energy efficient fixtures.

Plant native plants and use advanced irrigation systems

It is good to plant several plants in and around your office, but ensure that you grow native plants. The reason behind this suggestion is that the native plants are well adapted to the environment, the regional climate, soil, and pests. They adjust well in the environment and require a lesser amount of water, which is in sheer contrast to the non-native plants that need a good deal of water to grow. In other words, the native plants are more tolerant towards the drought conditions and can fight well against pests on their own, without any pesticide treatment.

Another thing to take into consideration to check water wastage is to install advanced irrigation system. Advanced irrigation systems are the ones that can sense the watering need of the soil and whenever plants need water, the rain sensors water the plants. Such irrigation systems are adept at saving gallons of water that goes waste in the name of irrigation. An advanced irrigation system requires an initial setup investment and later on helps to bring down the water bill expenses.

The benefits of water efficiency in office

Water efficiency is a good thing to do, be it at home, office, or any other place. If you save water in office, it certainly has a green impact, as it is good for our environment if we put in efforts to save water. Besides the green impact, water conservation has a monetary benefit as well.

If you adopt the water conservation strategy in office, you can bring a substantial fall in the expenses that you do on water bills. When we use water in office, a very few people realize that they are not supposed to waste it. This attitude of people leads to water waste and huge water bills. However, if you use water with this realization that if you will not waste water, it will have numerous green benefits. If you install low-flow fixtures in your office, and check for leakages from time to time, you can certainly save water wastage. One more thing that you can do is to create a sustainable landscape around your office to increase the green impact.


Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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