Here is how we use recycled water and cut down on our water consumption.
Recycled water is most commonly used for non-potable (not for drinking) purposes, such as agriculture, landscape, public parks, and golf course irrigation. In our case, all of our facilities are equipped with recycled water bus washes. Our newest facility, Oliver Bowen Maintenance Facility, is also equipped with a recycled water CTrain wash, low flush toilets and efficient water faucets. Water recycling can reduce and prevent pollution by leaving damaging pollutants at the treatment plant.
There are a number of ways that we conserve our water usage. The use of water tanks (Cisterns) helps us capture rainwater for later use when watering outdoor plants and trees during summer months. We also have timers on our sprinkler systems to water at nighttime to reduce evaporation and save water.
We track our yearly water consumption to ensure water is used efficiently. We do this by using water meters in all of our facilities. The use of these meters provides insight into where water is being used and can also help identify areas where we can improve.