Commercial Water Saving Tips

WATERSENSE SPRAY VALVES FOR COMMERCIAL KITCHENS

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A pre-rinse spray valve is a handheld device that uses a spray of water to remove food from dishware, utensils and pans before placing them in the dishwasher. 

A low-flow pre-rinse spray valve is one of the easiest and most cost-effective water saving devices any food service operation can install.  Low-flow valves reduce water use by 30-70% and work just as well. 

In 2019, the Department of Energy's federal energy conservation standard required every spray valve sold in the United States to flow at 1.28 gallons per minute (gpm) or less, depending on the product’s spray force-based product category.  Previously, a typical pre-rinse spray valve used 3 gallons per minute (gpm); and even older spray valves prior to 2006 used up to 7 gpm. 

Using a 1.28gpm spray valve increases water efficiency and also correlates to direct savings in energy by reducing the amount of water that needs to be heated.

A commercial kitchen that replaces one old, inefficient pre-rinse spray valve with a DOE-compliant model could save as much as $110 to $200 per year, and it could reduce water costs by $65 per year and energy costs by more than $40 per year (natural gas) or more than $130 per year (electricity). The facility could see payback on the investment in as little as five to eight months.

If all commercial food service establishments in the United States installed and used high-efficiency pre-rinse spray valves, we could save more than $215 million in water and energy costs across the country annually.
 

For more information, contact the Environmental Compliance Coordinator at lindsey.sanders@hcwa.com.
 

COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL WATER AUDITS 

Water audits are now available to Industrial-Commercial-Institutional (ICI) customers. These audits are performed to help ICI customers identify areas where water conservation efforts can be implemented.    These efforts, if effectively implemented, can help the environment, and save money.   Please contact the HCWA Engineering Department at 770-957-6659 for more details. 

TOILET REBATE PROGRAM

The Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) continues to promote wise water use among its customers, providing financial incentives for their participation in the Toilet Rebate Program. The Authority has partnered with the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District to participate in the state's Single Family and Multi-Family Toilet Rebate Program.

Multi-Family Program

Multi-family property managers/owners (including apartments, townhome communities, and condominiums) are also invited to participate in a rebate program to replace old, inefficient toilets.  Property must be built prior to 1994 for residential use, have a master-metered residential account in good standing and up-to-date on payments, and must replace a minimum of 30 toilets.

When budgeted funds are available, HCWA customers may receive credit on their monthly water bill for upgrading their multi-family units with water efficient toilets.

Rebates are limited and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. When the budgeted funds are exhausted, all interested parties will need to wait until the following year to apply when more funds become available.


Eligibility Requirements and How to Apply - Please contact 404-463-8645 or toiletrebate@northgeorgiawater.com with any questions.  


For FAQ's, eligibility requirements, approved toilets and to apply online, please visit the site below. 

Multi-Family Rebate Qualifications


TOILET RECYCLING:

Please visit Recycling Toilet Program for more information about toilet recycling in your area.