Spring Ground Maintenance

Updated: Jul 12

Building Services Management, March 2022

Outdoor water use can account for between five and thirty percent of a facility’s total water use, according to the EPA’s WaterSense program, but better landscaping and more efficient irrigation equipment can provide opportunities for significant water savings in commercial settings.

Facilities can use significant amounts of water to maintain and irrigate their surrounding landscape, depending on the size and design of the landscape, local climate, and facility type. Facilities with large areas of maintained landscape, such as schools, can use as much as 30 percent of their water for landscape maintenance.

WaterSense says outdoor water use can be controlled and minimized with proper landscape design and maintenance of any supplemental irrigation systems.

The business benefits of implementing water efficiency measures within commercial and institutional facilities include reducing operation costs and creating more sustainable practices. In addition to water costs, facilities will see a decrease in energy bills because of the significant amount of energy associated with heating water.

Commercial and institutional facilities can significantly reduce water use through water-efficient fixtures, technologies and techniques.