Smarter Business: Greening Advisor

 

Low-flow fixtures and water-efficient appliances

Installing low-flow fixtures and aerators saves water and money. Aerators for faucets and showers require an initial capital investment, but they often pay back the investment in less than a year, especially when they are used often. Many utilities and city governments offer incentives to purchase and install low-flow fixtures. Contact your utility to learn more about these programs. For information on water use efficiency, see New Mexico’s Water Conservation Guide for Commercial, Institutional and Industrial Users.

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Low-Flow Fixtures Save Money: Corporate Examples

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey upgraded restroom facilities at LaGuardia Airport to increase the efficiency of toilets, faucets, and showers. It installed a leak detection system, ultralow-flow toilets, high-efficiency aerators for faucets, and flow restrictors on showerheads. These improvements yield annual water savings of almost $160,000, after an initial capital cost of only $90,000. Case Study 

The Veterans Affairs Hospital in Portland, Oregon, performed a water audit and implemented a variety of water-saving measures, including low-flow toilets, faucets, and showers. Savings from these low-flow fixtures amounted to more than $50,000 per year. Case Study

Product Specifications

  • Toilets: 1.28 gpf or 1.6/0.8 gpf dual flush
  • Urinals: 0.125 gpf or waterless
  • Faucets: 1.5 gpm
  • Shower heads: 1.5 gpm
  • Service sinks 2.0 gpm

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Quick Tip

Low-flow means:

  • Toilets: 1.6 gallons per flush or less
  • Faucets: 2.5 gallons per minute or less
  • Showers: 2.5 gallons per minute or less

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Installing low-flow fixtures and aerators saves water and money. Aerators for faucets and showers require an initial capital investment, but they often pay back the investment in less than a year.
 

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