Pollution Prevention Guides for
Auto Body Shops - Fact Sheet 18
Because we all depend on a safe water supply, it is important
to protect and conserve our water resources. The benefits of
water conservation, or the efficient use of water, include:
- Lower water bills
- Lower energy bills
- Less need to find new water sources
Major water conservation methods for auto body shops center on three areas:
Water Conservation Tips
Here are a number of no-cost and low-cost water conservation strategies you can implement in your shop.
Try to come up with some tips of your own.
Overall Shop Tips
- Posts signs to encourage water conservation.
- Reward employees who do their part to save water and come up with water saving ideas.
- Do a water audit of your shop.
- Prioritize your water conservation ideas, implementing one idea at a time before moving on to the
next (especially if your ideas cost money).
- Use a broom or vacuum to clean floors instead of water.
Faucet and Valve Water Outlet Tips
- Fix all leaks and drips as soon as possible.
- Encourage your co-workers to shut off water when
soaping up hands at the sink.
- Purchase water-conserving equipment.
- Install aerators on all faucets (breaks the flowing water into fine droplets and injects air while
maintaining wetting efficiency).
- Install low-flow toilets or toilet displacement devices (saves more than one gallon of water per flush
without affecting the normal operation of the toilet).
- When washing vehicles, turn off the hose between rinses.
|1) Do you take steps to conserve water?
As discussed earlier in this section, taking steps to
conserve water can reduce your water and energy bills
dramatically and help prevent pollution.
|2) Have you trained your employees to conserve
Water conservation is everyone's business, so place
signs by each sink and hose outlet advising them to
"Please Turn Off the Water".
|3) Do you run a "dry shop"?
Seal off all floor drains and make your facility a "dry
shop". All fluid spills will then be prevented from going
"down the drain" and becoming a problem for the
municipal wastewater treatment plant or your septic
system. Use "wet-vacs" for spill clean-up along. with
other non-hazardous spill clean-up techniques.
|4) Have you insulated your water heater or cooler
and related pipes?
Insulating your water heater, cooler, and related pipes
can help save energy and water.
|5) Have you installed rain sensors in your sprinkler
If you water your lawn, consider installing a simple
rain sensor. This device will automatically shut down
your watering system during a rain shower.
|6) Have you installed an oil-water separator?
Oil-water separators and skimmers can help reduce the
amount of hazardous wastewater and sludge you have
to dispose of by separating out the oil, which can then
Montana State University Extension Service
Pollution Prevention Program Taylor Hall Bozeman, Montana 59717
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
(Fact Sheet 18 of 18)
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