Saving money by minimizing water usage and increasing efficiency is a noble cause. Upgrading the plumbing, fixtures, and piping systems of a small home is enough of a challenge. It is extremely complex, precise work. If it is not done correctly, water and money are wasted at profound levels, not to mention the costs for implementation and installation of water saving measures.
Now imagine upgrading the water system of the 6.2 million square feet, casino laden, guest room mansion that is the famous Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada—one of the most water-challenged areas in the entire country. That’s exactly what Rob Morris, corporate director for enterprise utilities and engineering with Caesars Entertainment (owner of Caesars Palace), and his crew did. As you can easily assume, countless obstacles stood in their way.
Morris and his crew had a lot on their plate. Perhaps the most problematic challenge: How to minimize disruptive construction activities that would affect the countless doings that happen at The Palace. With a constant barrage of guests, tourists, workers, media, and more, the crew did their utmost to keep the work zone free of any obstacles and obtrusive behavior. Furthermore, Morris had to find a way to mesh the in-house working staff with outsourced contractors. Although the in-house staff took care of changing aerators, showerheads, and the-like, outside contractors completed the heavy lifting of the upgrade. Thankfully, they were able to complete the project with minimal problems or major flaws.
Based on the statistics and data from 2008, the CodeGreen program set extremely intense water reduction goals. They mandated that water usage must decrease by 10 percent by 2015 and by 15 percent in the year 2020. Although numbers for 2014 and 2015 are not yet available, through 2013 Caesars Palace’s upgrade has been quite successful. They have increase their facilities by 11 percent, but have dropped their water usage levels by 18 percent since 2008.
Reducing water usage at your facility is becoming more of a bottom-line issue every year as water becomes more scarce and costly through California. Next month we’ll be publishing a list of 10 ways your commercial facility can save water. In the meantime, we’d like to hear from you about ways you have reduced water usage at your facility. We may include it on our list and if you desire, credit you or your company in the article. Email your water saving tip to: firstname.lastname@example.org