BP04: Water Audit & Planning

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Once every five years, perform a water audit to understand the building’s water consumption profile and opportunities for conservation. This can be self-performed or contracted. Meet with the water auditor to review performance and plan improvements, and finalize the plan at the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting. On years where a new audit is not performed, consider the plan’s implementation status, review the current water performance, and determine if any new conservation measures should be evaluated and planned.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Perform a water audit once every five years. This audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by in-house engineering staff trained in audit procedures. There are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit.

    Minimum requirements for the water audit:
    1. Meet with key building operation personnel to discuss consumption patterns or operations issues that may be affecting water use efficiency.
    2. Perform the water audit components listed in the BIT Building Water Audit Protocol.
    3. Summarize the results of the audit components and opportunities for improvement in a report.
    4. Develop an implementation plan based on the audit results.
  2. In advance of the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, meet with the auditor to review performance and identify water conservation measures that can be considered.
  3. In years when a new audit is not performed, prepare for the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting by updating the water use analysis, documenting the implemented measures and outcomes, identifying any new measures that should be evaluated and/or planned, and considering the effectiveness of leak detection efforts.

Submittal Requirements

  • Water audit report
  • Improvement implementation plan
  • Summary report from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, including date, names of meeting attendees, and a summary of the water conservation measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements (see annual sustainability meeting template).
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Once every five years, perform a water audit to understand the building’s water consumption profile and opportunities for conservation. This can be self-performed or contracted. Meet with the water auditor to review performance and plan improvements, and finalize the plan at the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting. On years where a new audit is not performed, consider the plan’s implementation status, review the current water performance, and determine if any new conservation measures should be evaluated and planned.

Implementation Requirements

  1. Perform a water audit once every five years. This audit can be performed by a third-party provider or by in-house engineering staff trained in audit procedures. There are no specific criteria regarding who performs the audit.

    Minimum requirements for the water audit:
    1. Meet with key building operation personnel to discuss consumption patterns or operations issues that may be affecting water use efficiency.
    2. Perform the water audit components listed in the BIT Building Water Audit Protocol.
    3. Summarize the results of the audit components and opportunities for improvement in a report.
    4. Develop an implementation plan based on the audit results.
  2. In advance of the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, meet with the auditor to review performance and identify water conservation measures that can be considered.
  3. In years when a new audit is not performed, prepare for the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting by updating the water use analysis, documenting the implemented measures and outcomes, identifying any new measures that should be evaluated and/or planned, and considering the effectiveness of leak detection efforts.

Submittal Requirements

  • Water audit report
  • Improvement implementation plan
  • Summary report from the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, including date, names of meeting attendees, and a summary of the water conservation measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements (see annual sustainability meeting template).

BIT User experts

Ben Stanley

WPS

Dylan Waldhuetter

M.S. Water Policy & Management, AWS Water Stewardship Specialist

The Water Council
Alliance for Water Stewardship North America Program Manager

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