Conserving water means reducing the amount of water consumed by engaging in more efficient practices and using more efficient equipment.
Schools can conserve water:
- On school grounds
- Landscape with drought-resistant plants.
- Use water-saving irrigation systems.
- Use captured rainwater or recycled water.
- Design playfields to reduce irrigation needs.
- Compost grass clippings and other grounds materials.
- Use electric mulching mowers.
- Apply mulch annually.
- In school buildings
- Install low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucets.
- Install faucet aerators.
- Install waterless urinals.
- Educate students, faculty and administrative staff on the benefits of and methods for conserving water.
- In operations and maintenance policies and practices
- Regularly check water meters, even during no-occupancy months.
- Establish a baseline for water use and monitor and report consumption statistics.
- Establish methods to regularly check buildings for water leaks and report them to maintenance staff for repair.
- Establish a purchasing policy that specifies high-efficiency/air-cooled equipment when replacement is needed.
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