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Commercial/Industrial Conservation
Our water is a finite resource and needs to be used wisely. Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) water can have a significant effect on our water demands. Businesses and industries use a vast amount of water and industrial water usage is extremely complex. Gwinnett recognizes that businesses and industries rely on the County's water resources and encourages them to conserve. A helpful way for commercial/industrial businesses to conserve water is to develop a water efficiency program. By developing a water efficiency program businesses can reduce cost and increase profitability through:

  • Water and sewer cost savings
  • Wastewater treatment cost savings
  • Energy savings

Gwinnett encourages water efficiency efforts such as commercial water audits, water efficiency assessments and training for industries, commercial businesses and institutions. The following are helpful tools for starting a water efficiency program.

US EPA WaterSense at Work
Watersmart Guidebook - A Water-Use Efficiency Plan Review Guide for New Businesses
US EPA Lean and Water Toolkit
Water Efficiency Improvement Self Assessment Guide
NC Water Efficiency Manual
Pre-Rinse Spray Valve Brochure (PDF)

For more information on water conservation or to schedule an onsite water efficiency evaluation, please call 678-376-6722 or email dwrconserve@gwinnettcounty.com.


Popular Links

Georgia Environmental Protection Division -  http://epd.georgia.gov
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District - www.northgeorgiawater.com


Gwinnett is a WaterSense Partner
Gwinnett County has partnered with the EPA WaterSense Program to promote water efficiency products in our community and spread the need for smart water use. We encourage our customers to look for the WaterSense label when buying plumbing fixtures.

For more information on WaterSense products visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

Conservation Measures for New Development
To ensure that all new commercial buildings are built using water efficient plumbing fixtures, Gwinnett County has adopted the plumbing standards created by the 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act. The Water Stewardship Act calls on state agencies to amend the state plumbing code to require that high-efficiency fixtures be installed in all new construction granted a building permit after July 1, 2012. The new high-efficiency standards will also apply when purchasing fixtures for retrofit or renovation of existing properties. These standards tell builders and owners what type of plumbing fixtures they can place into new construction and how much water the new fixtures can use.  Below is a table that lists the current maximum water use rates and consumption standards for new construction. Added to the table are the average water usages before the current plumbing codes went into effect.

Water Use Rates
For Plumbing Fixtures

Plumbing Fixture

2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act

1992 National Energy Policy Act

Average Use Rate Before Adoption of Plumbing Codes*

Toilet

1.28 gallons per flush

1.6 gallons per flush

5.0 gallons per flush

Commercial Toilet

1.28 gallons per flush

1.6 gallons per flush

8.0 gallons per flush

Urinal

0.5 gallons per flush

1.0 gallon per flush

2.5 gallons per flush

Shower Head

2.5 gallons per minute

2.5 gallons per minute

4.5 gallons per minute

Bathroom  Faucet

1.5 gallons per minute

2.2 gallons per minute

4.0 gallons per minute

Kitchen Faucet

2.0 gallons per minute

2.2 gallons per minute

4.0 gallons per minute

 
* Source: Environmental Protection Agency