Water Savings Initiative

Water Savings Initiative

The efficient use of water results in lower operating costs, a more reliable water supply, and improved water quality. Additionally, because energy is required to transport and treat water, saving water also saves energy. For this reason, the Better Buildings Challenge expanded its energy savings program to include water, and helps organizations of all kinds conserve this critical resource. More than 40 partners across the commercial, public, industrial, and multifamily sectors are working with the Energy Department to track water saving improvements and share successful strategies. Through 2016, partners have saved a total of 4 billion gallons and shared close to 30 proven water-saving solutions.

Water Management Strategies

This white paper features insights from leading manufacturers on developing new, or improving existing, water management programs.

Join the Water Savings Initiative

More than thirty partners across the commercial, public, industrial and multifamily sectors are now working with the Energy Department to track water use intensity improvements as well as share successful strategies and solutions.

2 for 1: Energy & Water Savings

Energy efficiency and water savings are a combo deal! Learn how you can achieve both energy and water savings in an industrial or commercial setting, and how one often follows the other.

Featured Solutions

EPA’s WaterSense and ENERGY STAR programs are teaming up to host a monthly Water Wednesday webinar series to help commercial and industrial facilities tackle leaks and reduce water use.
Water Hub Implementation Model
Emory University's Water Hub is an innovative, on-campus solution designed to treat and reuse up to 400,000 gallons of water per day, and decrease potable water demand by over 1/3.
Water Retention Pond Showcase Project
Harbec's Water Retention Pond captures and stores rainwater for use in plant operations and is a key project supporting the company's goal to be water neutral.
Loews on-premise laundry system uses an innovative filtration system that allows it to recycle 70-85% of all laundry water. This system is estimated to save the Santa Monica hotel over 4.3 million gallons of water a year.
Metrus Energy recently announced an Efficiency Services Agreement with Parrish Medical Center that will save 3.7 million kilogallons annually, in addition to close to 9 million kilowatt hours per year of electricity.
Nissan put in place an automated filtration system in its Smyrna, TN paint shop, which has helped the plant cut water costs by close to two-thirds.
Tower has taken its water management program to the next level with daily reporting, 15-minute interval data, real-time alerts, advanced data analytics, setpoint modifications, internal water audits, and more.
To help meet ambitious water-saving goals, UTC developed comprehensive internal guidance that details the company's global water scarcity assessment, best practices in managing water at individual sites, and water saving case studies.
Anthem implemented a landscaping redesign plan to reduce water demand and create a more resilient environment at the 21555 Oxnard Street campus in Woodland Hills, CA, which reduced its water demand by 46 percent annually.

Other Resources

Guidance

This white paper features insights from leading manufacturers on developing new, or improving existing, water management programs.
Browse through a variety of resources offered by EPA's WaterSense program that help facility managers, building owners, and other stakeholders save water, energy, and operating costs.

Tools

DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) outlines the general steps for creating a water management plan, which charts a course for water efficiency improvements, conservation activities, and water-reduction goals.
DOE's FEMP provides guidelines and rules of thumb to estimate daily water use for typical end-uses that drive building-level water consumption.
This Excel-based tool enables federal agencies to quickly screen sites for water-efficiency opportunities, with outputs that include cost-effectiveness potential of individual projects.
These fact sheets, developed by DOE's FEMP, provide an overview of commercially available water saving technologies that offer significant water savings potential.
A series of maps and related resources, created by DOE's FEMP, can help organizations implement alternative water projects, such as rainwater harvesting, condensate capture, and wastewater reclamation.

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