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Reducing water waste in your building not only benefits the environment — it also saves money on your overhead costs! Of course, to cut down on water usage, you must understand exactly how much your property is using in the first place. That’s where facility benchmarking comes in.

Understanding water consumption with facility benchmarking

While there are a variety of digital calculators that can give you a rough ballpark figure, proper facility benchmarking is necessary for the most accurate estimates. During a facility benchmarking process, you’ll need to assess 12-24 months worth of water bills, determine the most substantial sources of water use within the property, estimate the facility’s water and sewer costs, and calculate the facility’s total usage of metered and unmetered water sources.

Once you’ve established a baseline for how much water is typically used by your building occupants, you can then use this information to monitor the system for any critical issues such as leaks or running water. The best way to monitor your water usage in this way is by using a real time water meter monitoring device, such as WaterSignal, which can alert you via email or text message to any leaks right as they’re happening. These alerts can tell you where the leak is occurring, as well as the extent of the water loss.

In addition to monitoring your facility for any costly leaks, a device like WaterSignal can benchmark your facility against similar facilities to ensure your water efficiency is meeting your standards. With a centralized digital dashboard that displays all water consumption throughout your facility, you and your building staff are never caught off guard by a surprise, sky-high water bills.

Contact WaterSignal today to learn more about how implementing facility benchmarking can reduce your building’s water waste and catch leaks before they become critical.