General

Please indicate whether you have already undertaken the following water saving activities, if you plan to implement them, are willing to investigate them, or if they are not applicable.

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Definition
Yes - completed action
No - action suitable but not implemented. If possible, provide comment.
n/a - not applicable to the site

General maintenance and building operations

What are the sources of water onsite?

What are the major areas of water use at the site?

Please specify

Conduct site walk through to identify water using areas

To the extent possible, quantify water use by each area

Does the site monitor it's water use, including sub metering?

Read all water meters on a regular basis

Shut off water to unused areas

Install water check meters in high usage areas

Datalog site's water consumption

Is there any existing water capture or reuse?

Investigate recycling and reusing water

Investigate rainwater harvesting opportunities

Are you the building operator?

Regularly check building for leaks and water waste

Plumber to assess water pressure and install pressure reducing valves, if required

Ensure fire hoses are not in use for purposes other than firefighting or testing

Basic amenities
Are water saving technologies installed in the amenity area?

Install low flow shower heads (rebate available)

Install low flow taps or flow controls (rebate available)

Install spring loaded taps or taps with sensors

Retrofit old toilets to 4:3 litre dual flush models (rebate available)

Install low flow urinals

Educate users to conserve water

Install water efficiency signage (including stickers)

Surface cleaning

Do you dry sweep surfaces?

Sweep when you don't have a mop or hose down

Eliminate unnecessary washdowns

Educate staff about best cleaning practices

What water using cleaning appliances are installed?

Install water efficient washdown gun or high pressure cleaning units where appropriate, in place of hoses (rebate available)

Ensure hose is rated to specified pressure of washdown gun or high pressure unit

Ensure water flow rate and pressure used is suitable for required cleaning

Please specify

Kitchen/cafeterias

Kitchen and cafeterias

Do you prepare food onsite?

Turn off any continuous flow used for washing utensils, drip trays for wok cooling when not required

Wash fruit and vegetables in a filled basin rather than under running water

Defrost vegetables in a refrigerator

Replace old wok with waterless wok stove

Are water using appliances used for cleaning in the kitchen?

Hand scrape dishes and utensils before loading the dishwasher

Install water efficient pre-rinse spray valve (rebate available)

Please specify

Dishwashing

Do you operate an efficient dishwasher?

Wash full loads only

Operate equipment only when necessary

Replace inefficient dishwashers with more efficient models (rebate available)

Use final rinse water for next load's initial wash

Wash full loads only

Operate equipment only when necessary

Ice machine

Do you have an ice machine?

Use air cooled machines where possible

Ice flake machines use less water than ice cube machines

Irrigation

Garden and turf watering

Do you water a garden or turf?

Irrigate only as needed, in line with current restrictions/best practice

Use heat resistant, drought tolerant plants

Use mulch around groundcovers, trees and shrubs

Mow regularly and avoid scalping grass (cut high)

Install and understand how to use water efficient irrigation equipment

Make sure irrigation equipment is operating correctly

Investigate alternative supply, for example greywater and rainwater supply options (rebate available)

Other

Vehicle washing

Do you wash vehicles?

Wash only in accordance with current water restrictions

Minimise water use by adjusting equipment

Use chemically compatible washing solutions/waxes to recycle together

Reduce "show foams" to reduce need for rinse water

Inspect and replace worn jets and parts

Install equipment that recycles water

Laundries

Do you operate a laundry onsite?

Is the washer efficient/suitable for application?

Wash full loads only

Evaluate wash cycles and detergent/chemical formulations for maximum efficiency

Consider reuse of final rinse water for pre-wash or other uses

Use cold water and water saving technology where feasible

Purchase water efficient appliances when replacing equipment (rebate available)

Evaluate wash cycles and detergent/chemical formulations for maximum efficiency

Consider reuse of final rinse water for pre-wash or other uses

Use cold water and water saving technology where feasible

Other water using equipment and operations

Enter water using equipment and operations not included above

Action item

Description

Can it be optimised or replaced?

How can it be optimised?

Use automatic valves that shut off water when equipment is off

Consider water and energy efficiency when purchasing equipment

Consider alternative processes when replacing units

Use automatic valves that shut off water when equipment is off

Document review

Summary of actions

List priority actions for follow up. Please refer to body of report for details on actions.

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Author name Resource Management Consultant Business Resource Efficiency
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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.