Water Savings Tips for Business

Non Functional Turf Ban

In response to California’s record-setting drought, the State has adopted emergency regulations to prevent wasteful water uses and promote conservation.

Effective June 10, 2022, owners and managers of commercial industrial and institutional (CII) properties are prohibited from irrigating non-functional turf with potable water. This ban was issued by the Governor and will be in place for one year unless modified or readopted. Read more here.

A recent study showed that 99% of business managers surveyed ranked water conservation as a "top five" priority over the next decade. Here are a few tips on how you can adjust water use within your business to drastically reduce water costs.

  1. Company Motivation
  2. Indoors
  3. Outdoors
  • Create a suggestion and incentives system at your organization to recognize water-saving ideas.
  • Include a water-saving tip in your employee newsletter. Find over 100 tips at the Water Use It Wisely website.
  • Implement a water management plan for your facility, then educate employees on good water habits through newsletters and posters.
  • Publish your organization’s monthly water use to show progress toward water-saving goals.
  • Invite your water utility conservation staff to your organization for Earth Day and other environmental events to help promote water savings.
  • Water audit your facility to find out your recommended water use, then monitor your utility bills to gauge your monthly consumption.
  • Become or appoint a water ambassador within your organization who creates, implements and maintains your water conservation program.
  • Become a proud WaterSense® partner and let all your customers know.
  • As part of the WaterSense® Fix-A-Leak Week in March, plan an employee campaign to look for leaks.
  • Show your company’s dedication to water conservation through a policy statement. Commit management, staff and resources to the effort.
  • Create a goal of how much water your company can save and plan a celebration once that goal is met.
  • Ask employees for suggestions on saving water and give prizes for the best ideas. Incentivize it!
  • Write feature articles on your employee website that highlight water-saving ideas and successes.
  • Test your co-workers or employees on topics like xeriscape, WaterSense®, and high-efficiency toilets. See how water-wise they are.
  • Ask your company to support water conservation events and education. ProjectWet hosts local events throughout the country.