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Sustainability Strategies: Water

  • (Offices & Residential) Replace the bottled water coolers with tap-mounted water filters and fill reusable containers instead of using paper/plastic cups. A good filter setup is still more energy-efficient than shipping hundreds of pounds of water. The larger Brita filters are square and hold a large amount of water so they can be filled at night. This also eliminates the hassle of ordering and switching out the 5G plastic bottles.
  • (Offices & Residential) If you haven't already, consider purchasing a refillable water bottle to make drinking tap water easier. We recommend stainless steel bottles, which won't leach harmful chemicals if heated or after long use.
  • (Offices & Residential) Report leaks! Be diligent about checking for and reporting leaks in bathrooms and other facilities.
  • (Residential) Take fewer and shorter showers, with cooler water.
  • (Residential) Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or soaping your hand/face.
  • (Residential) If you have a dishwasher, only run full loads.
  • (Residential & Office) If you do dishes by hand, fill the sink with water. Running water is very wasteful. Make sure to only turn on the hot water when you need it.
  • (Residential & Office) Do not use toilets as a trashcan. Each flush uses 5-7 gallons of water.