Water Savings

Water from tests of high efficiency sprinklers at UTC is reclaimed. Photo courtesy of UTC.

The commercial and industrial sectors account for more than 25 percent of the withdrawals from public water supplies, and many organizations in these sectors may have savings opportunities of 20% to 40%. The efficient use of water resources 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.

In the past year the Better Buildings Challenge has expanded its energy savings program to include water savings and address the growing need to conserve this natural resource. A set of twenty partners are now working with the Energy Department to track water use intensity improvements as well as share successful strategies and solutions. In 2014, partners saved a total of 377 million gallons, or the equivalent of 570 Olympic-sized swimming pools and with this success we are now looking to grow this part of the program.

If you are a Better Buildings Challenge partner and have already shared energy performance data and one showcase project or implementation model and are interested in setting a water savings goal please contact your DOE lead. The Energy Department will work with you to set this goal, and will recognize your leadership in water efficiency. 

For more information on how to participate check out the overview or view the list of current partners below. 




  • Aeon
  • Campus Crest Communities
  • Eden Housing
  • National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corporation
  • Tonti Properties
  • Trinity Management

Local Government

  • City of Atlanta, GA
  • City of Fort Worth, TX
  • West Palm Beach County, FL

K-12 School District

  • Poudre School District