10 Clever Ways to Conserve Water

People use water in nearly every part of their lives. From showering to washing dishes to flushing toilets, water is a necessity. When you own or manage a multifamily property (especially in drought-stricken states!), you can bet that your tenants are water conscious. Large properties have a tendency to use high amounts of water, and when the summer hits, it may become your job to find ways to conserve water and police its usage.

Here are 10 clever water saving tips every property manager should know:

Conserve water by sticking to your local water schedule

1. Check for leaks. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense®, a leaky faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which equals the water needed for more than 180 showers! Perform random checks to residents’ faucets, showerheads, and toilets to ensure you’re not flushing money down the drain.

2. Implement drought tolerant landscaping. Remove grass and plants that need regular watering and install plants that are native to your location. By doing so you will reduce how much you have to water your landscaping.

3. Follow a watering schedule. Some areas have enacted citywide water schedules while others leave it up to the individual. Either way, you should water landscaping no more than three days per week and always in the early morning to avoid water evaporation and prevent mold from growing overnight.

4. Install smart irrigation controllers. Rather than using water-wasting irrigation systems that are manually controlled, install a smart controller that can be automated and run from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Your landscaping will be the talk of the town, and you’ll save up to 30 percent more water, making it a win-win situation.

5. Encourage your residents to vacation at hotels enrolled in the H2Otel Challenge. Hotels are encouraged to assess their water savings opportunities, change their products, and track their progress through this voluntary challenge led by WaterSense. Encourage your tenants to stay at hotels that are signed up for the free program, to show they support water conservation.

Use the broom instead of a hose to clean up outdoor areas
Use the broom instead of a hose to clean up outdoor areas

6. Reuse dehumidifier water. Dehumidifiers can build up a large reserve of water after running for a while. Rather than dumping that water down the drain, use it to water plants or the lawn.

7. Install WaterSense certified products. Efficient fixtures with the WaterSense label cut water usage and associated electricity and gas needs, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and significantly reduce utility costs. Who doesn’t love having a few more dollars in the budget, while making a positive impact on the environment?

8. Use a composter. By providing a composter, residents can throw away uneaten food and natural trash without rinsing dishes and flushing a garbage disposal. An added benefit is that once the compost has decomposed, it can then be used on the plants on your property, which can save you money on landscaping costs.

9. Pull out the broom. Using a hose to clean outdoor areas, such as patios and sidewalks, may seem like a good solution to eliminate grass clippings, dirt, and other nuisances, but it is a waste of water. Get out a broom or leaf blower to get the job done more conservatively.

10. Get money back with rebates. Many cities and states have drought requirements and now offer rebates that put money back in your pocket. If your utility offers rebates and you purchase water conserving products like low-flow toilets or water-saving showerheads and faucets, you could receive a rebate to help cover the upgrade costs. Contact your local HD Supply Representative for rebates in your area and check out our Utility Rebates page for rebate examples!

Remember these water conservation tips this drought season, as well as all year long, and check out our ideallygreen website for more resources.

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There are 11 comments so far

  • Laura Puryear
    2 years ago

    Instead of taking the water hose to porches, patios. I take a broom and sweep them off good. That’s how i conserve water

  • Marco Moreira
    2 years ago

    Check for running water for example water hoses around the house. Check for leaks.

  • Dominique Gavit
    2 years ago

    1.check for loose leaky toilets around the base
    2. Install low pressure energy efficient shower heads and arerators
    3. Check for running bathtub faucets
    4. Have you HD book on hand to order supplies :)

  • Tracy Cherry
    2 years ago

    Check running toilets!!! Essential for water conservation!!

  • Tammee hindman
    2 years ago

    We use low flow shower heads and aerators we have a half gallon milk jug filled with water we put inside the toilet tank to make less water needed to fill the tank check for leaks monthly sweep patios and decks instead of using a hose and we shower together to conserve on the shower water

  • Jacqueline Black
    2 years ago

    Hold a class to discuss ways to save water with tenants. Encouage them to shut the water off while brushing their teeth or shaving. Also. While doing dishes do not just let the water run while rinsing. If using a dishwasher make sure it is full before running and save on electric too.

  • Necholle Bolding
    2 years ago

    I conserve water by using two dish pans….(1) dish pan for dish water and (1) for rinse water.Proceed to wash dishes and place in dish rack.This process prevent you from wasting gallons of water and it also can cut your water bill down by 25% too which saves you money.

  • Danielle Bush
    2 years ago

    I use a water conserving shower head!

  • Tom Good
    2 years ago

    Smart controllers and drip irrigation. Hard to beat.

  • Emma gee
    2 years ago

    . Always check for leaks during preventive maintenance and while you’re doing work orders in the unit

  • angela agathen
    2 years ago

    Using a composter.

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