Water Conservation in and out of the Salon and Spa
Prepared by Aveda
Take these steps in your salon, spa, institute, Experience Center, and even home to save water. By using water more wisely you can help to save this precious resource and save money, too.
Identify and complete these simple water conservation measures which are applicable to your business:
Contact your water utility to schedule a water use survey of your facility. Surveys are usually free and provide an easy way to identify the most effective means to save water in your salon/spa.
Keep an eye on your water bill and the water meter. A higher than usual water bill could signal a leak. Learn to read your water meter and review your bill for unusual increases to catch problems early and prevent additional, costlier problems. Click here for more info
Simple Water-Saving Tips
- Turn off water when not in use (e.g. between cleansing and conditioning hair) and when rinsing color use the following steps to save water:
- Rinse with water.
- Turn water off.
- Emulsify for 1 minute.
- Rinse again.
- Take the Water Flow Test: Use a bucket and a timer to measure how many gallons of water you use per minute for sinks, shampoo bowls and showers. Aim for a goal of 2.5 gallons per minute or less to avoid water waste.
- Regularly check for and repair all leaks in your facility.
- Remind staff to turn off water when not in use (e.g. between cleansing and conditioning hair).
- Change window-cleaning schedule from “periodic” to “as required.”
- Use dry-floor cleaning methods, followed by damp mopping, rather than spraying or hosing
- Retrofit existing fixtures and appliances to realize greater water savings.
- Replace pre-1992 toilets with low-flow 1.6 gallon-per-flush toilets.
- Install water saving devices such as low-flow aerators in kitchen-type faucets, low flow showerheads, ultra-low-flush toilets, water efficient washing machines and self-closing faucets. Ask your water utility about available rebate programs in your area. www.h2ouse.org/action/index.cfm
- Choose water efficient washing machines. Look for horizontal-axis washers that are ENERGY STAR qualified.
- Look for the WaterSense® label when choosing plumbing and landscaping fixtures such as faucets, toilets, etc. You can view all current WaterSense® certified products at http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/products/
- Mulch all non-turf areas.
- Sweep your sidewalks and other hard surfaces with a broom rather than spraying with a garden hose.
- Use repeat cycles when watering lawn or shrubs in clay soils (if you are planning to water for 8 minutes, water twice for 4 minutes each).
- Modify your existing irrigation system to include drip irrigation, where feasible.
- Test irrigation sprinklers 4 times per year to ensure proper operation and coverage.
- Repair all broken or defective sprinkler heads, nozzles, lines and valves.
- Adjust sprinklers for proper coverage—optimizing spacing and avoiding run-off onto paved surfaces. Your local water utility may be able to assist you with sprinkler adjustments.
- Choose water-efficient shrubs, native plants and ground cover in place of turf.
- If installing new turf, limit area and use drought-tolerant species.
- Space sprinkler heads so the water from one sprinkler head reaches the adjacent
- Install rain shut-off devices as part of the irrigation/landscape control measures.
- Renovate existing landscape to include native and drought-tolerant plants. (Water efficient landscape guidelines are available from your county extension service or local water agency/utility.)