water conservation

Appliances

Landscaping

Lifestyle & Diet

  • Install energy efficient/low-flow faucets, toilets, dishwaters, etc. 

  • Post signs around your facility to encourage employees to use less water.

  • Use sink motion sensors and waterless urinals.

  • Consider your landscaping to use plants that require less water (xeriscaping)

  • Sweep sidewalk areas regularly to prevent excess materials from being washed into storm drains.

  • Ensure that materials stored outdoors do not pollute stormwater runoff or snowmelt.

  • Manage stormwater on site by directing downspouts into a vegetated area, using a green roof, raingarden, or native gardens.

  • Plant drought-tolerant landscape design, pollinators, edibles

  • Eat more vegetables. It takes an enormous amount of water to produce animal products like meat and dairy, because livestock and poultry in the US eat large amounts of water-intensive feed – usually corn and soybeans.*

  • Choose pasture-raised products: When you do eat meat, dairy and eggs, opt for pasture-raised products. It’s better for you and the planet, and grass (as opposed to corn and soy feed) is less likely to be irrigated so is less reliant on blue water resources.

  • Avoid processed foods: A lot of water goes into processing foods. Opt for more fruits, vegetables, leafy greens (like spinach and kale) and whole grains.

  • Drink one less cup of coffee per day, or – if you really need your caffeine fix – go for tea instead, since coffee has one of the highest water footprints per pound.