Throughout the country, commercial and institutional (C&I) building owners and facility managers are taking actions to reduce their water use, implementing many of the operations and maintenance, retrofit, and replacement projects described in WaterSense’s C&I best management practices guide, WaterSense at Work (308 pg, 5.38MB, About PDF).
WaterSense is gathering and documenting case studies to describe successful water efficiency efforts, which will provide an avenue for sharing information within and across C&I sectors. Each case study below provides a detailed description of the project the facility implemented and how much water, energy, and utility costs they were able to save.
To find other water efficiency resources WaterSense has developed for C&I facilities, please visit our Commercial page.
- Georgia Hotel Saves $1M Annually by Maximizing Mechanical System (3 pg, 1.15MB, About PDF): The Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, reduced water use by 35 percent over three years.
Outdoor Water Use
- California Golf Resort Hits Hole in One With Outdoor Water Efficiency Efforts (2 pg, 843.4K, About PDF): The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California, saved more than 48 million gallons in one year.
Sanitary Fixtures and Equipment
- Hotel Installs Water–Efficient Sanitary Fixtures: The Holiday Inn San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio, Texas, saved 7 million gallons of water per year.
Water Monitoring and Management
- Global Entertainment Company Gets Wise About Water (3 pg, 696K, About PDF): Caesars Entertainment reduced water use intensity in properties nationwide by 17.8 percent between 2008 and 2012, saving 399 million gallons of water.
Hospitals and Other Medical Facilities
Laboratory and Medical Equipment
- Hospital Installs Water–Efficient Laboratory and Medical Equipment: The Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, saved 31 million gallons of water over 10 years.
Outdoor Water Use
- Office Complex Reduces Outdoor Water Use: The Granite Park office complex in Plano, Texas, saved 12.5 million gallons in one year.
- Laboratory Eliminates Single–Pass Cooling: The EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division Laboratory in Duluth, Minnesota, reduced potable water use by 90 percent.
Water use Monitoring and Education
- Federal Agency Implements Water Management Strategy: EPA laboratories nationwide reduced water use intensity by 18.7 percent over three years.
Restaurants and Other Commercial Kitchens
Commercial Kitchen Equipment
- Restaurants Install Water–Efficient Commercial Kitchen Equipment: Uncommon Ground in Chicago, Illinois; The Grey Plume in Omaha, Nebraska; and Founding Farmers in Washington, D.C. saved water, energy, and more.
Onsite Alternative Water Sources
- University Makes the Most of Onsite Alternative Water Sources: The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, reduced potable water use by 33 percent over about 30 years.