Water Saving Tips for Laundry and Linen Suppliers

A list of water saving tips for laundry and linen suppliers:

General Suggestions

  • Increase employee awareness of water conservation.
  • Conduct contests for employees (e.g., posters, slogans, or conservation ideas.)
  • Seek employee suggestions on water conservation; locate suggestion boxes in prominent areas.
  • Install signs in employee and customer restrooms encouraging water conservation.
  • When cleaning with water is necessary, use budgeted amounts.
  • Read water meter weekly to monitor success of water conservation efforts.
  • Assign an employee to monitor water use and waste.
  • Determine the quantity and purpose of water being used. Determine other methods of water conservation.
  • As appliances and fixtures wear out, replace with water-saving models.

Building Maintnance

  • Reduce the load on air conditioning units by shutting off air conditioning when and where it is not needed.
  • Check water supply system for leaks and turn off any unnecessary flows.
  • Repair dripping faucets, showers and continuously running or leaking toilets.
  • Reduce the water used in toilet flushing by either adjusting the vacuum flush mechanism or installing toilet tank displacement devices (dams, bottles, or bags).
  • As appliances or fixtures wear out, replace them with water-saving models.
  • Shut off water supply to equipment rooms not in use.
  • Keep hot water pipes insulated.
  • Avoid excessive boiler and air conditioner blow down. Monitor total dissolved solids levels and blow down only when needed.
  • Install flow reducers and faucet aerators in all plumbing fixtures whenever possible.
    Avoid excessive filter or softener back flush. Back flush only when needed.


  • Recycle water where feasible consistent with state and county requirements.
  • Reprogram machines to eliminate a rinse or suds cycle, if possible, and if not restricted by health regulations.
  • Reduce water levels to minimize required water per load.
  • Evaluate wash formula and machine cycles for water-use efficiency.
  • Wash full loads only.

Exterior Areas

  • Inventory outdoor water use for landscaped areas.
  • Water landscapes only when needed; two-to-three times a week is usually sufficient.
  • Make sure water does not run into the gutters, streets, or alleys.
  • Use controllers on sprinkler systems.
  • Wash autos, buses, and trucks less often.
  • Do not water on windy days.
  • Time watering, when possible, to occur in the early morning or evening when evaporation is lowest.


For More Information
For more information contact the Water Supply Program at 410-537-3589 or water.supply@maryland.gov.​

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