WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities
Identifying and repairing leaks and other water use anomalies within a facility’s water
distribution system or from particular processes or equipment can keep a facility
from wasting significant quantities of water. As described in Table 2-2, water leaks
can add up over time.
Table 2-2. Potential Losses FromWater Leaks
An aggressive leak detection and repair program can help facility managers better
understand building water use and save money by avoiding water waste.
Reading meters, installing failure abatement technologies, and conducting visual
and auditory inspections are important best practices to detect leaks. To reduce un-
necessary water loss, all detected leaks should be repaired quickly.
Leak Detection and Repair
of Water Loss
$2,100 per year
$4,300 per year
Hose at Night
$16,000 per year
Up to $64,000
Tempering Water Line
on a Steam Sterilizer
Stuck in the On Position
$8,600 per year
Stuck Float Valve in a
$21,000 per year
City of Poway, California. How to Detect a Water Leak.
Estimated cost of water loss based on an average rate of $8.25 per 1,000 gallons for water and wastewater determined from data in: American Water
Works Association (Raftelis Financial Consulting). 2010.
Water and Wastewater Rate Survey