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Environmental Sustainability

Water Conservation

Conserving fresh water supplies and the natural quality of water bodies is the responsibility of all IHS staff. By using less water in our facilities and at home, we help the environment and also save money.

IHS water management objectives:

  • Reduce indoor water use intensity by installing low-flow devices and water meters in IHS facilities and report use on a regular basis.
  • Reduce outdoor water use, and follow sustainable landscaping suggestions, through the use of native plants and the implementation of no-irrigation efforts.
  • Identify and implement water reuse strategies (e.g. gray water utilization) to the maximum extent practical.
  • Conduct comprehensive water use and efficiency audits of IHS facilities.
  • Comply with all Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and other federal, state, tribal, and local regulations.
  • Develop projects with tribal and federal partners to reduce water consumption at IHS and tribal installations.
  • Achieve objectives established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stormwater Guidance for Federal Facilities.

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Additional Resources:

  • EPA WaterSense Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov : WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.
  • Guidance on Sustainable Landscaping Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF] : Guidance developed by EPA to help federal facilities comply with Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which establishes strict stormwater runoff requirements for federal development and redevelopment projects.
  • Best Management Practice Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov : Water Management Planning: Guidance provided by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) on how to develop a comprehensive water management plan for federal facilities.
  • Environmentally Beneficial Landscaping Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF] : A two-page document that provides tips on environmentally beneficial landscaping practices regarding waste, water, energy, fertilizers, and pesticides.
  • Water-Efficient Landscaping: Preventing Pollution & Using Resources Wisely Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF] : A publication put out by the EPA that provides general information and resources on landscaping techniques that reduce water use.