Some facilities may operate one or more sterilizers 24 hours a
day. Below are some suggestions to conserve water in these
Operation and Maintenance Procedures.
procedures will help maximize your water usage:
a) Adjust flow rates to the minimum rates recommended
by the manufacturer.
b) Shut off the unit when it is not being used for an
extended period of time.
Use a high quality steam supply for improved water
Retrofits. The following retrofits will help reduce
the water usage of your autoclaves and sterilizers:
a) Install an automatic shut off controller to shut
down water supply when unit is not in use.
Install flow meters and controllers on older units.
Replacements. When purchasing a new unit, select one
with automatic shut down features and flow controls. Some new
sterilizers also have recirculating capabilities.
Irrigation and Landscaping.
Irrigation accounts for
approximately 25 - 30 percent of the total water use for urban
facilities. Inefficient irrigation and landscaping practices are
estimated to waste 40 percent of the water. There are many water
conservation options available to reduce or eliminate this waste
and cut your facility water costs dramatically.
guidance on landscaping is presented in AWWA's "Water-Efficient
A good, military specific, reference is
the "U. S. Air Force Landscape Design Guide".
Operation and Maintenance Procedures. For existing
landscaping, the following suggestions will apply:
a) Monitor for leaks and clogged or malfunctioning
equipment. Repair as needed.
b) Place sprinklers or sprinkler heads strategically
so they water only the desired areas, not sidewalks or roadways.