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Water Leaks Can Add Up

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Environment, Exteriors, Interiors

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Published on June 09, 2010 with No Comments

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, if one faucet leaks just 10 drips per minute, it amounts to 14,400 drips per day and more than 347 gallons of water per year. But less is known about what these leaks cost in dollars and cents.

“The cost of [water] leaks can be just staggering,” says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co., manufacturers of waterless urinals and other restroom products. “And, what is almost as amazing is how many facility managers are unaware of just how much money is literally being flushed down the drain.”

Below are some estimated costs of what a commercial facility could expect to pay if it experienced leaks from malfunctioning toilets, faucets, and landscaping fixtures.*

Reichardt suggests that managers conduct facility water audits on a regular basis. “There are several components of a water audit, but one of the most important is to just look for and repair leaky restroom and kitchen fixtures,” he says.

*Charges based on an average of water and sewer rates in the U.S.
Source: Gainesville Regional Utilities Services, Gainesville, FL

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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