Friday Links: Successful Water Retrofits
It's World Water Day tomorrow and we're celebrating with stories of successful water retrofits.
A New Story From National Housing Trust:
Though National Housing Trust's R Street property had been renovated in 2009, due to rapid improvements in the efficiency of water fixtures, they saw further room for progress and elected to return to the building in 2012 for another round of work. They replaced all showerheads in the building and faucet aerators in all the kitchens and bathrooms, spending around $10,000.
NHT has seen as 45% reduction in water use following these measures, an average of $27,000 per year. (Which means these measures paid for themselves in just six months.) Awesome!
Another Great Story: Corcoran Management learned that one of its buildings was using one million more gallons of water per year for it's 75 units than the other identical buildings on the same property. (Then they fixed it.)
A Fun Fact: Polar axes make water-saving retrofits more convincing. "Flushing Away Excess Water Usage- A Toliet Retrofit Case Study" from Data.Wego