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It’s good for your bottom line and the environment to adopt water-efficient procedures, equipment and technology for space cooling, refrigeration, laundry, cleaning, and flushing bathroom fixtures.

Get cash incentives to cut water use

Commercial and industrial customers of water utilities in the Saving Water Partnership can get financial incentives to implement water-conservation measures:

Toilets and Urinals

$100 rebate when replacing older toilets and urinals with efficient models:

  • Flush Valve Toilet & Urinal rebate – $100 High-efficiency commercial flush-valve toilets have achieved excellent performance and customer satisfaction. WaterSense urinals have been independently tested and certified to meet specific criteria as established by the EPA WaterSense program.
    Tips and recommendations:

    • Test toilet fixtures and flush-valve combinations before committing to a retrofit of your fixtures.
    • Follow the Flush Valve Toilets and Urinals Commissioning Checklist (docx) when installing any new fixture.
    • View case studies of high-efficiency toilets and urinals installed in landmark buildings and in a large office tower.
  • Tank Toilet rebate – $100 Premium toilets (pdf) use 1.1 gpf or less and are the most efficient WaterSense models. WaterSense toilets  use 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf) or less and have been independently tested and certified to meet specific criteria as established by the EPA WaterSense program. Premium toilets use 20% less water and remove 70% more solid waste, compared to regular WaterSense toilets.
    Tips and recommendations:

Refrigeration Systems

Rebates for up to 50% of costs for projects involving space cooling, refrigeration systems and industrial ice-makers. View rebate >

In almost all cases, single-pass use of water for cooling is highly wasteful and expensive. Many water-saving options are available – from replacing the equipment with air-cooled equipment, re-circulating the water through a remote refrigeration unit, or tapping an existing source of chilled re-circulating water.

Kitchen Equipment

Up to $2,500 for replacing inefficient commercial kitchen equipment with water-efficient equipment.  View rebate >

  • About Food Steamers Standard boiler-based steam cookers draw hot water the entire time the equipment is on. This water that you have paid for and paid to heat is going down the drain while the equipment is on. In addition, more water is wasted to cool down the hot water as it goes down the drain. An inefficient six-pan steamer could be using over 170,000 gallons of water per year. With an SWP rebate and the money you will save on energy and water bills, you could recover the cost of a new steamer in less than two years.
  • About Dish Washers ENERGY STAR commercial dishwashers are on average 25% more water efficient and 25% more energy efficient and will use an average of 1,000 fewer gallons per week than old inefficient commercial dishwashers. In addition, ENERGY STAR models use significantly less energy, mainly by heating water more efficiently. Because of this extra benefit SWP has teamed up with energy suppliers to offer incentives for Energy-Star commercial dishwashers. ENERGY STAR brands can save hundreds of dollars a year.
  • About Ice Machines Only the super-efficient ice machines from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) third-tier list of machines qualify for SWP rebates. These machines have air-cooled condensers and are very efficient making the ice with little water waste. These machines could save you up to $1,000 per year on your water bills and will virtually eliminate water discharged down the sewer, for even greater utility bill savings.

Laundry Equipment

$300 rebates for efficient coin-op machines (Tier 3) or up to 50% of large system improvements. View rebate >

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has been rating family-style clothes washers, residential and commercial coin-op, for over 10 years, since the first high-efficiency machines began to make inroads into the retail market. Since those early models, which were up to 50% more efficient than the standard top-loading models, efficiency has increased by that amount again in the highest Tier 3 models. It really pays to upgrade from either a water-guzzling standard model to the highest efficiency that one can afford.

Irrigation Systems

Financial incentives and technical assistance are available for multifamily or commercial customers with one acre or more of irrigated area.

Other Water-Saving Technologies

Rebates for up to 50% of project costs. View rebates >

The potential for water efficiency is limited sometimes by technology (too expensive or experimental) or a lack of creativity that has yet to invent tomorrow’s solution. The vacuum switch for vacuum style autoclaves is a perfect example of a creative solution. But there are other tried and true solutions that simply need an advocate to started. Carwash reclaim systems, more efficient nozzle spray patterns in kitchen spray heads and large vehicle washes are proven to save cost effectively. The Saving Water Partnership can assist businesses in seeking solutions where there is a desire to reduce water consumption, become more sustainable, or simply reduce utility costs.

Involve Your Employees in Water Conservation

Your employees can help you save water and cut your utility bills, so educate your employees on how they can save water at your facility:

  • Check for leaks and emphasize leak reporting and repair
  • Consider alternatives to discretionary uses of water that are not related to health and safety. For example, use a broom instead of a hose to routinely clean sidewalks and driveways
  • Turn off water-using equipment when not in use, including dishwashers, garbage disposals, and food troughs
  • Incorporate efficient use of water in kitchens for food preparation, food thawing and clean-up procedures
  • Eliminate daytime landscape watering and consider weather-based controllers.
  • Reduce fleet washing as much as possible, or use water reclaim systems. Eliminate car lot washing and hosing
  • Train staff on the proper operation and maintenance of new water-using equipment.

Contact

For more information contact Arece Hampton at arece.hampton@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9137.

Resources

Green Business Program can help you develop individual business solutions to save water and lower utility bills. Phone: (206) 343-8505