Commercial Water Conservation
Conserving water at home and at work is critical in Colorado's semi-arid climate. Commercial water use accounts for 37% of Greeley's total water consumption. Using water-conserving measures will save your business money in water, wastewater and energy bills. Using water wise techniques will not change the quality of service your business or institution provides, but it will make you more efficient.
Free water conservation audits are available to all commercial, industrial, multi-family and institutional properties in Greeley. The purpose of an assessment is to provide information about water use and efficiency. The commercial assessment finds areas of water waste and develops targets for improvement. Once problem areas are located, Greeley 's Conservation Program will help businesses implement efficiency improvements by offering technical support and rebates. If your business would like to participate in a commercial indoor or irrigation audit call 970-336-4229 to make an appointment.
On commercial accounts consumption that correlates with business patterns is difficult to measure; however, Greeley 's Water Conservation Program has been able to document some success for rebates and irrigation audits of commercial properties. For example a restaurant may have installed an air cooled ice machine, but because their business has served more customers, consumption may have increased, although the gallon per meal has been reduced. Likewise, if it is a new install, there may be no pre-installation consumption data. Below is some information on projects that have saved water.
- In 2012, an apartment building retrofitted 394 older toilets with Niagara Stealth toilets. These toilets use only 0.8 gallons per flush, compared to the 3.5 gallons per flush the old toilets used. This project saved almost 6 million gallons of water in the first six months of the retrofit.
- During the summer of 2012, conservation staff met with and guided HOA board members and contractors during irrigation upgrades at five HOAs per audit recommendations. Staff also created a program and helped with watering scheduling at those that need assistance or a follow up audit. A few of the HOAs got rebates on products to improve lawn watering.
- A large apartment complex replaced 153 toilets and 17 commercial washing machines, and took advantage of Greeley’s rebate program. They also replaced showerheads, bathroom faucet aerators, and kitchen faucets. Savings for a three-month period, October through December 2011, resulted in a 911,000-gallon savings when compared to the previous year’s use. The apartment manager will continue replacing toilets in 2012 until all toilets are upgraded.
- In 2011, a toilet replacement pilot project took place in the 11th Avenue corridor, between 20th Street and 13th Street, an area with high indoor water use. During the first winter (October through March), these properties used 1 million gallons less water when compared to the previous year’s winter use. The project is estimated to save 25% to 30% of indoor water use on participating properties.
- Greeley Water Conservation works with schools and colleges on water efficiency projects. In 2011, 250 urinals on were replaced with high-efficiency models and rebated by the City. Another school was assisted by the rebate program to replace 39 old flush valve toilets with 1.28 models. A student housing facility, replaced 102 toilets in 2008 and uses about of 114,000 gallons less per month before the upgrade.
- The City of Greeley installed water efficient fixtures in city owned buildings. In 2007, City Hall, City Hall annex and A Street buildings were retrofitted with low-flow toilets. The combined savings for these three facilities are on average 300,000 gallons of water per year. A project to upgrade toilets at the Union Colony Civic Center is in the works.
- Some commercial and industrial customers receive an annual allotment of water based on tap size. When annual usage exceeds a user's allotment, a raw water surcharge is assessed. When a customer receives a surcharge the water conservation program works with these customers to move them off the surcharge list. Since the program began, 43% of surcharge customers got off the list with help from Greeley's water conservation programs.
- Greeley collaborated with other northern Colorado water providers to create resources and tools to assist industrial, commercial, and institutional customers with water conservation. Visit the Northern Colorado Collaborative Efforts in ICI Water Conservation website to get more information.
If you have any questions or would like to share your water conserving ideas, please contact the Water Conservation Program. Please tell us if you use or plan to use any of these tips in your facility. You can reach us by phone (970) 350-9204 or via e-mail .
Commercial Water Rebate Program
Cross-Connection Control Program
Large Property Irrigation Permit