To assist businesses in meeting their water use and efficiency goals, Loudoun Water’s Business Initiatives Program offers demand management services to industrial, commercial, and institutional accounts at no cost. Loudoun Water staff works hand-in-hand with customers to track their water consumption, audit on-site water uses, and develop appropriate water demand management strategies. If you are interested in developing a water demand management plan for your business, then please email Micah Vieux, Business Initiatives Program Manager. Conduct a facility audit to quantify water use Understanding water use will indentify savings opportunities, allow appropriate savings targets to be established, and serve as a benchmark from which water savings can be tracked. This should be the first step in a water efficiency program. It may be cost-beneficial to hire a professional with expertise in industrial water use efficiency to carry out an on-site survey. Compare water use to industry benchmarks if available Water use benchmarks provide an estimation of the average water use for specific industrial sectors and can be used as a tool to evaluate current consumption patterns among peers. Learn from water saving success stories of industry peers. Case studies from industry peers will provide insight into what works, what doesn't, and what efficiency solutions are most cost-effective. These details can often be found in sustainability reports or annual reports. Investigate the feasibility of the following general options in your operations Reduce the flow of water. Modify the equipment or installing water saving devices. Replace existing equipment with more water efficient equipment. Water treatment, recycling, and reuse. Change to a waterless process. Educate employees about the importance of using less water Creating a workplace culture that focuses and takes pride in efficiency can be a very beneficial component of a water conservation plan. Increased awareness will ensure more staff members are monitoring water use. Things that can be done include: Give recognition to those who initiate water-efficiency procedures and processes. Make resource conservation part of performance reviews, especially for line manager. Use reclaimed water for industrial process use. Potable water is often not required for many industrial uses and can be substituted with non-potable or reused water. Contact Loudoun Water to see if reclaimed water is an option for you.