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Logging Water Usage


Background:

Paying attention to water usage is important for organizations using metered water—and vital if your organization is located in a drought-prone area—but a growing and important aspect of Corporate Social Responsibility for all companies.  The water usage features allows easy-to-access tracking of water usage and builds a portrait of your entire water usage cycle.


Tool:

Carbon and More allows you to record and track water consumption activities in an easily accessible water journal.  Each record can specify:
- The type of usage or task the water has been used for;
- The amount of water used, in the standard unit of your choice;
- The source of the water used, to better track its environmental impact;
- The freshness level of the water used;
- The destination of your water post-usage, to track your water recycling habits.

The depth of information collected allows your organization to create a flexible water consumption reduction strategy that targets your specific goals, and track your progress with precision.


Guide:

Water is an ecosystem, and tracking and addressing water usage is only one small part of the overall treatment of water in a geographical area.  Carbon and More does not factor in water waste through pipe leakage or consider the quality of municipal water, but lets you gather data to create in-house solutions for your organization's specific needs.


Tips:

Sophisticated water recycling practices often require special equipment, but most organizations can set water conservation targets, save on water bills, and promote a culture of corporate responsibility with merely a few small changes in behavior:

Reward good conservation practices
- Create a culture of conservation by not just informing, but rewarding staff for being aware of water usage and lowering their own daily water usage with a small weekly prize.
- Place posters in washrooms which encourage staff to turn off faucets if they are not directly in use.

Install timed faucets in washrooms
- Installing timed faucets in washroom sinks is a simple, low-cost way to save up to 32% more water without reorganizing an entire plumbing system.

Use simple filtering solutions instead of bottled water or water coolers
- The environmental impact of sourcing, extracting, shipping, and replacing the water in a bottled water cooler can be eliminated completely by installing a water filter on your faucet, or purchasing a filter-enabled pitcher for your organization.  Not only does this remove the cost of contracting with a water cooler supply company, but reduces your carbon footprint by eliminating trucking emissions.

Consider secondary uses
- Greywater from kitchen sinks, kettles, dishwashers, and more can be easily repurposed for irrigation or to water plants, which use the contaminants in the water as growth nutrients.
- Partnerships may be available with environmental organizations, agricultural providers, or more to collect and reuse greywater.

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