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ggoal of a water audit is to determine he water delivered to a facility is used efficiently. In other words, was it used for a specific purpose (such as for howering), or was it wasted as a result f a leak?


oal of a water audit is to determine if t if the water delivered to a facility is used efficiently. In other words, was it used for a specific purpose (such as for s showering), or was it wasted as a result o of a leak?


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bills cls caan be reduced by 25-30 perce t. T facilities, washrooms are where the all tll tyyppes of facilities, including fitness clublubs.s.


d, a hotel’s water and sewer n be reduced by 25-30 percent.


How to Conduct a Water Audit


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Audit Revelations and Follow up After conducting an audit, club


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water audit for a commercial fitness facility: • Locate the plumbing layout for e facility. Ths idis identifies where wa- teer is brought in, the location of water- ing fixtures and systems throughout he facili y, as well as drainage. These s must be filed with local build- g departments. (Note: If you are part o f a multi-tenant facility, be sure the ter delivered to your club is used ly by your club and not by any other nants.)


thhe facility. Thi entifies where wa-


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•• Collect billing informati


dd fiacucets, also called infrared or hands- i n your facility for a period of 12- 36 months to serve as a benchmark. hing less than 12 months will not flect variations of water use th t can cur during the course of the year. ur water department will have this


icating how much water was used n y ifree systems, were first developed primarily so users would not h ve to Annytthing less than 12 months will not reeflect variations of water use that can occcur during the course of the year. Yoour water department will h ormation.


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36 months to serve as a benchmark. A toyuch washroom surfaces. However, r sensor-operated fauce s turn water on o when needed and off as soon as the Y user walks away. While the save tingshis innfformation.


•• Check membership and employ- m when sensor-controlled faucets are u isnstalled.


pact water use.


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he goal here is to locate the pipes, fi swuitching to dual-flush toilets is be- wcoming very common because these •• If a s If a stteam room is insta led, the


• Conduct a walk-through of the b wihein more water-efficient toilets and T urinals are installed. For instance, fixxtturres and other water-de ivering or water-removing systems in the facility. eam room is installed, the


ment records. The number of people using and working at the club will im- pact water use. • Conduct a walk-through of the ith the plumbing plans.


Check membership and employ- ent records. The number of people ing and working at the club will im-


water audit for a commercial fitness facility: • Locate the plumbing layout for t with overall dissatisfaction from users, t today far fewer complaints are heard. ussing fixtures and systems throughout t he facility, as well as drainage. These pllaanns must be filed with local build- iinng departments. (Note: If you are part o New technologies have also helped water delivered to your club is used onnly by your club and not by any other teenants.)


r is brought in, the location of water- u In fact, users are often not even aware t an aerator has been installed in a fau- pcet or showerhead.


Here are some of the key steps in a expensive systems can reduce water use considerably. Although a decade or more ago aerators were typically met


Here are some of the key steps in a


hese same savings are possible for a greatest volume of water is consumed c and potentially wasted.


This leads to another goal of a wa- t ienformation, look for spikes where wa- cter use was suddenly increased signifi- acantly. Very often, this is due to leaks e or ruptures in irrigation pipes. e i•


system may need to be checked by a professional to ensure it is working properly and using water efficiently. • If it applies, identify how veg- ation is ir igated a annd see if a drip i i armount of water to flush away liquid rably less water, could be instal ed. Additiona y, using the water bil ing innfformation, look for spikes w ere wa- r use was suddenly increased signifi-


eetation is irrigated


system may need to be checked by a professional to ensure it is working properly and using water efficiently. • If it applies, identify how veg- stystems release a relatd sively small


ee if a drip


r rigation system, which uses consid- eer bly less wa er, could be installed. Additionally, u ing the water billing i water per flush, which is less than cur- teer use was su denly i creased signifi- tly. Very often, this is due to leaks o r ruptures in irriga ion pipes. •• Thoroughly assess washroom nd shower areas. In most fitness faacilities, washrooms are where the atest volume of w


igation system, which uses consid- waste and a little more for solid waste. These toilets use about five litres of


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r is consumed


Audit Revelations and Follow up After conducting an audit, club


The water audit has another goal that is less tangible, but should also derstanding where water is being sed and possibly misused and wil o understand how it is us d. With hese find ngs they can take steps to nsure that water is used not wast- d, reduce consumption and look into chnologies and strategies that can help further reduced water use over t the long term.


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d potential y wasted. particularly significant.


o owners and managers will have a good unnderstanding where water is being used and possibly misused and will a alsso und rstand how it is used. With t hese findings they can take steps to e ensure that water is used not wast- eed, reduce consumption and look into teechnologies and strategies that can help further reduced water use over he lo Start creating this culture imme- dia Ftely after the water audit has be n n fauce s and showerheads? These ive systems can r duce wa-


ng term.


Foor instance, are aerators installed i conducted. Share the information with innexxppeenssive systems can reduce wa- teer use considerably. Although a e or more ago a rators were ical y met with overall dissatis- ion from users, today far fewer co mplaints are heard. In fac , users e often n t even aware an aera- toor has been installed in a faucet or howerhead.


r instance, are aerators instal ed i n faucets and showerheads? These i steaff and members. Then set goals, t such as ‘reduce water consumption by d deeccaadde or more ago aerators were t and 20 percent within a year.’


r use considerably. Altho gh a 10 percent over the next six months


tyyppically m t with overall dissatis- ffaaccttion from users, today far fewer co A frequent speaker and author a arre of n not even aware an aer - t Reichardt is founder and CEO of s showerhead.


mplaints are heard. In fact, users on water conservation issues, Klaus


New technologies have also helped r reduce water consumption and, in some cases, these innovations were n not originally developed for this pur- ppose. For example, sensor-controlled faaucets, also called infrared or hands-


some c ses, these nnovations were ment in the plumbing fixture indus-


ose. For example, sensor-control ed f Contact him at Klaus@waterless.com. ee systems, were first developed pri maarrily so users would not have to ouch washroom surfaces. However, ensor-operated faucets turn water on


ot original y developed for this p r try with water conservation in mind.


i can vary, some facilities indicate water when needed a d off as soon as the consumption is reduced 15-30 percent


ucets, also cal ed infrared or hands- ffrree systems, were first developed prmi###ily so users would not have to t touch washroom surfaces. However, s sensor-operated faucets turn water on when needed annd off as soon as the user walks away. While the savings n vary, some facilities indicate water onsumption is reduced 15-30 percent when sensor-control ed faucets are lled.


However, the big savings come However, the big savings come


when more water-efficient toilets and urinals are instal ed. For instance, witching to dual-flush toilets is be- ming very common because these


when more water-efficient toilets and urinals are installed. For instance, s switching to dual-flush toilets is be- ccooming very common because these


r has been instal ed in a faucet or Waterless Co. Inc., makers of waterless uriNnals and other restroom products.


ew technologies have also helped He founded the company in 1991 with


educe water consumption and, in the goal to establish a new market seg-


wners and manag rs will have a g od u be on every owner’s mind, and that is u to create a culture of water conserva- tlion. When a culture of water conser- tvation exists, staff and members be- come much more water focused and conscious about using this precious re- tsource more efficiently.


As for urinals, notable savings have been especial y realized with no-wa- er urinal systems. Annual savings of up to 150,000 litres of water per unit e common with waterless urinals. In a club that has more male members han female, this water savings can be articularly significant.


The water audit has another goal The water audit has another goal


that is less tangible, but should also be on every owner’s mind, and that is to create a culture of water conserva- tion. When a culture of water conser- vation exists, staff and members be- come much more water focused and conscious about using this precious re- source more efficiently. Start creating this culture im-


user walks away. While the savings c caan vary, some facilities indicate water c consumption is reduced 15-30 percent when sensor-controlled faucets are i innssttaalled.


mediately after the water audit has been conducted. Share the informa- tion with staff and members. Then set goals, such as ‘reduce water con- sumption by 10 percent over the next six months and 20 percent within a year.’ FBC


that is less tangible, but should also be on every owner’s mind, and that is to create a culture of water conserva- tion. When a culture of water conser- vation exists, staff and members be- come much more water focused and conscious about using this precious re- source more efficiently. Start creating this culture im-


mediately after the water audit has been conducted. Share the informa- tion with staff and members. Then set goals, such as ‘reduce water con- sumption by 10 percent over the next six months and 20 percent within a year.’ FBC


AA frequent speaker and author on water con- sservation issues, Klaus Reichardt is founder and EO of Waterles Co. Inc., makers of waterles urinals and other restroom products. He found- d the company in 1991 with the goal to estab- h a new market segment in the plumbing fix- ure industry with water conservation in mind. ontact him at Klaus@waterles .com.


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frequent speaker and author on water con- ervation is ues, Klaus Reichardt is founder and C CEO of Waterless Co. Inc., makers of waterless urinals and other restroom products. He found- eed the company in 1991 with the goal to estab- lilsish a new market segment in the plumbing fix- tture industry with water conservation in mind. C Contact him at Klaus@waterless.com.


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As for urinals, notable savings have been especially realized with no-wa- tter urinal systems. Annual savings of up to 150,000 litres of water per unit a arre common with waterless urinals. In a club that has more male members t than female, this water savings can be p particularly significant.


ormation, look for spikes where wa- trently required by manufacturers. ccaanntly. Very often, this is due to leaks o As for urinals, notable savings have been especial y realized with no-wa- ter urinal systems. Annual savings of


r ruptures in ir igation pipes.


cilities, washrooms are where the are common with waterless urinals. In a club that has more male members than female, this water savings can be


s syysstteems release a relatively small a amount of water to flush away liq- uid waste and a lit le more for sol- id waste. These toilets use about e litres of water per flush, which s than currently required by


ms release a relatively smal


mount of water to flush away liq- uid waste and a little more for sol- id waste. These toilets use about fi fivve litres of water per flush, which is l is leesss than currently required by manufacturers.


manufacturers.


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