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Do You Know Where Your Water Goes?


By Klaus Reichardt Save water and money with a water


audit. Due to growing water concerns, the


Southwest Florida Water Management District now requires that all facili- ties using more than 100,000 gallons (378,500 litres) of water or greater per day conduct periodic water audits. Water departments in other areas of North America have similar require- ments, and for many it is for the exact same reason: water demand is increas- ing, water supplies are decreasing and water departments must make sure people are using water as efficiently as possible. For reference purposes, 378,500 li- tres of water per day is not necessar- ily considered an enormous amount of water. Many industrial and manu- facturing locations use far more than this every day. The average hotel uses


upied room, which means most medium to large hotels also surpass the 378,500 litres figure. Toronto’s BY KLAUS REICHARDT


Royal York Hotel, for example, one of Canada’s largest hotels, has 1,600 rooms. Fully occupied, this one hotel uses more than 1,324,000 litres of wa- ter per day.


BY KLAUS REICHARDT


Thties using more than 100,000 gallons uses on a daily basis can vary signifi- day conduct periodic water audits. ber of memb rs, the age of the club, the number of showers and restroom fixtures, etc. However, overall, clubs are c sonsidered to be big water users. In iinng, water supplies are decreasing and water-related cos s are a major expense p people are using water as efficiently as p possible.


ies using more than 100,000 gal ons ( (3378,500 litres) of water or greater per cantl dy, depending on its size, the num- Water departments in other areas of North America have similar require- ments, and for many it is for the exact same reason: water demand is increas- fact, in some areas of North America, water departments must make sure


for clubs.


How much does your club use? t e amount of water a fitness club 78,500 litre ) of water or greater per ay conduct periodic water audits. Wat r departments in other areas of North America have similar require- ments, and for many it is for the exact ame reason: water demand is increas- g, water supplies a e decreasing and water departments must make sure eople are using water as efficiently as os ible.


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FFor reference purposes, 378,500 li- Bres of water per day is not neces ar-


ue to grow ng water con- cerns, the Southwest Florida Water Management District now requires that all facili-


ue to growing water con- cerns, the Southwest Florida Water Management District now requires that all facili-


The goals of a water audit A key goal for many organizations


is to determine the amount of “unac- counted-for water.” Essentially, a wa- ter audit verifies how much water was delivered to a facility and how much was actually used. These statistics help determine meter accuracy as well as amount changes to building owners. However, an increasingly important


Do You Know Where Your Water Goes?


goal of a water audit is to determine if the water delivered to a facility is used efficiently. In other words, was it used for a specific purpose (such as for showering), or was it wasted as a result of a leak? This leads to another goal of a wa-


aboSave water and money with a water audit ut 835 litres of water per day per


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ter audit: to help reduce water-related costs wherever possible. Referring once again to hotel water use, it is estimat- ed that when water-efficient fixtures are installed, a hotel’s water and sewer bills can be reduced by 25-30 percent. These same savings are possible for all types of facilities, including fitness clubs. How to Conduct a Water Audit Water audits can be complicated, and a large facility or chain of clubs w oif water. Many industrial and manu- faho are specifically trained to conduct these assessments. However, water au- aits can be performed in-house, and oery often local water departments milel provide information as well as tpreadsheets on how to conduct one yal York Hotel, for example, one f Canada’s largest hotels, has 1,600 r rooms. Fully occupied, this one hotel us Here are some of the key s eps in a tter per day.


bout 835 litres of water per day per v occupied room, which means most


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occuracy.


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he 378,500 litres figure. Toronto’s r R Royal York Hotel, for example, one a of Canada’s largest hotels, has 1,600


ooms. Ful y occupied, this one hotel uses more than 1,324,000 litres of wa-


es more than 1,324,000 litres of wa-


How much does f your club use?


water audit for a commercial fitness facility: •


er per day.


or the facility. This identifies where water is br


The amount of water a fitness club ght in, the location of


How much does your club use? The amount of water a fitness club


Locate the plumbing layout


uses on a daily basis can vary sig- nificantly, depending on its size, the


uses on a daily basis can vary sig- nificantly, depending on its size, the


of wll laikely want to call in engineers wfacturing locations use far more than


his every day. The average hot l uses d about 835 litres of water per day per


ter. Many industrial and manu- cturing locations use far more than t this every day. The av rage hotel uses


water-using fixtures and systems throughout the facility, as well as drainage. These plans must be filed with local building departments. (Note: If you are part of a multi-ten- ant facility, be sure the water delivered to your club is used only by your club and not by any other tenants.) •


Collect billing informa-


tion indicating how much water was used in your facility for a period of 12- 36 months to serve as a benchmark. Anything less than 12 months will not reflect variations of water use that can occur during the course of the year. Your water department will have this information. •


Check membership and em-


ployment records. The number of peo- ple using and working at the club will impact water use. •


Conduct a walk-through of


the building with the plumbing plans. The goal here is to locate the pipes, fixtures and other water-delivering or water-removing systems in the facility. •


If a steam room is installed,


the system may need to be checked by a professional to ensure it is working properly and using water efficiently. •


etation is irrigated and see if a drip ir- rigation system, which uses consid- erably less water, could be installed.


If it applies, identify how veg-


n number of members, the age of the lub, the number of showers and rest- oom fixtures, etc. However, overal , lubs are considered to be big water sers. In fact, in some areas of North


umber of members, the age of the c club, the number of showers and rest- rroom fixtures, etc. However, overall, c clubs are considered to be big water u users. In fact, in some areas of North America, water-related costs are a ma- jor expense for clubs.


The goals of a water audit A key goal for many organizations is t is to determine the amount of “unac- counted-for water.” Es ential y, a wa- tter audit verifies how much water was elivered to a facility and how much


The goals of a water audit A key goal for many organizations


o determine the amount of “unac- counted-for water.” Essentially, a wa-


er audit verifies how much water was d delivered to a facility and how much was actual y used. These statistics help etermine meter accuracy as well as a amount changes to building owners. However, an increasingly important


was actually used. These statistics help d determine meter accuracy as well as


mount changes to building owners. However, an increasingly important


America, water-related costs are a ma- jor expense for clubs.


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