Conserving water use is a top priority for Texas commercial property managers.
While this is especially true during drought conditions, water conservation unfortunately slips people’s minds when precipitation levels return to normal.
But with drought recurring fairly regularly in Texas, in addition to unpredictable weather conditions (we never know when we’ll be in our next drought), water regulations are becoming the new normal year-round.
This is why reducing water use is a top priority for leading commercial businesses for many reasons, including dwindling resources, rising water rates and regulatory mandates.
The squeeze on water supplies from drought and growing competition for water is also driving a move toward increased water use efficiency, in part through smart technologies.
Sustainable water stewardship requires water innovation through water reuse and recycling, as well as smarter ways of using water. Smart water management programs can help commercial properties operate at peak efficiency at all times. Since water prices rise every year—a trend not expected to slow anytime soon—getting a handle on some of the latest strategies available is crucial for today’s Texas commercial property managers.
There are multiple ways one can reduce water usage. In Texas, we’ve seen everything from reducing grassy areas and adding beds or switching from one type of water-thirsty grass like St. Augustine to another. We’ve also seen property managers reduce the amount of annual color and add perennials and succulents or adjust their irrigation system to use more microsprays and benefit from the rebates that come with those adjustments.
While there are a lot of strategies for reducing water use and saving money, as well as conserving water to meet local regulations, there are some top strategies you can embrace this year to focus your energies and dollars on the most efficient water savers. Here are the biggest commercial irrigation trends we’re seeing in 2017 to help you stay on top of your water use.