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Water Conservation

Several laws and regulations establish requirements for water use and management. Examples include the Stormwater Management for Federal Facilities under Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act and the Environmentally and Economically Beneficial Landscape Practices on Federal Landscaped Grounds memorandum.

IHS aims to increase water use efficiency by doing the following:

  • Purchase and install water efficient technologies (e.g., Waterwise, low-flow water fixtures and aeration devices) at IHS facilities.
  • Collect water consumption data through metering and other methods for annual reporting.
  • Implement sustainable landscaping design and management, like using regionally native plants, to reduce outdoor water use.
  • Identify and implement water reuse strategies (e.g., gray water system) to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Develop and deploy operational controls for leak detection including a distribution system audit, leak detection, and repair programs.

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