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Water Conservation
One thing you can do...
Consider the following at work and at home:

Use less water
August 6, 2009
Oregon gets rain so often, it’s hard to believe we need to conserve water…but we do. Over the last century, the population of the Willamette Valley grew at an enormous rate. While it helped the area develop, it also strained resources, including water. Mountain rivers were diverted into reservoirs to store water for our use. As the population increases, demand for water increases, which creates a situation of potential shortages.
Aside from the economic advantages of saving water in state buildings, countless environmental benefits exist as well. More water in rivers means healthier streams, fish and wildlife, as well as increased drinking water for communities. More water also can improve energy production at dams and safe passage for fish. 
Oregon state government pays market rates for water and sewer services in state buildings. DAS alone spends around $250,000 on water and sewer charges each year. You can do a lot to help conserve water in state buildings. In fact, you are the eyes and ears for your building's management. 
  • Report water leaks in sinks, toilets, drinking fountains or irrigation lines.  
  • Report leaks from heating and air conditioning equipment. 
  • Don’t leave sinks running longer than needed in bathrooms and breakrooms. 
These simple actions could save money, help the environment, and keep the building in better condition. 

Conserve water
May 7, 2009
Water conservation plays an important role in DAS buildings. Over the last few years, DAS has changed its use of water in buildings and landscapes. We've installed drip irrigation, which uses less water in flowerbeds, and changed the frequency of watering. In most buildings, we've installed more efficient faucets, drinking fountain fixtures, and toilets.
You can help. Please contact your building manager if you see the following concerns:
  • A faucet that leaks in your break room or rest room
  • A drinking fountain with a slow drip from the spout
  • A sprinkler that leaks or waters in the middle of the day.

Collect and reuse rainwater
April 2, 2009
A rainwater harvesting system collects water from a roof in a storage tank where it is then used either inside or outside a building. Designs range from a simple rain barrel at the bottom of a downspout for watering a garden to extensive cistern systems that can provide a substantial amount of the water someone uses.
Because of the efforts in Oregon to conserve water, the Building Codes Division recently approved the use of rainwater harvesting systems as an alternate method to the state plumbing code. Information about rainwater harvesting appears on the following Web site: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/bcd/programs/green.html.