KEY WEST, Fla. (NNS) -- Significant water conservation efforts are underway at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West as Naval Facilities Engineering Command's (NAVFAC) Public Works Department (PWD) team in Key West is engaged to assure the station meets or exceeds established Department of Defense water reduction goals.
"In the past month our crews have surveyed all NAS Key West buildings counting the number of existing plumbing fixtures," said Ken Hudson, PWD Key West Utilities Energy Monitor. This information will be used in the metering program with Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, operator of the station's water system.
"Through greater levels of metering, we will be better able to identify facilities where high water usage offers opportunities for conservation and check the system for water leaks," said Hudson.
Next, the team will perform a second round of surveys to identify the age and type of fixtures to replace inefficient fixtures with water conserving fixtures. These efforts will lead to reductions in station water use and costs for years to come.
Additional water conservation projects are ongoing and more are planned. Facility modification projects are not the only way to conserve water; everyone needs to contribute to the effort.
"The most important water conservation measures we have here in Key West are those that live and work here," said Hudson. "It is important that each of us do our part."
The PWD team continues to pursue great ideas to help conserve water and other natural resources on the installation.
"We are all stewards of water resources and we have the privilege of making a difference every day," said Hudson. "Our mission is to support the warfighter. Every dollar of wasted water comes out of the Navy's budget which can affect support to the warfighter."
Hudson added that money saved from water conservation goes to strengthening the warfighter.
The entire NAVFAC team has taken great strides in researching and implementing new technology with regard to conversing energy and other natural resources. The region has a long-term plan that outlines specific goals to meet the stringent measures outlined by the President to ensure energy independence.
Below are recommendations to help conserve water:
* Report dripping faucets and toilet fixtures to the Building Energy Monitor (BEM) or housing management representative on the installation.
* Report leaks in the water distribution system to the Public Works Department Trouble Desk (during normal working hours) or the Quarterdeck (after hours).
* Don't use toilets as wastebaskets or ashtrays. A wasted flush is wasted water!
* Instead of running the faucet until it gets cool, keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator.
* Use low-flow shower heads and faucets (contact the BEM or housing management representative for assistance).
* Use one's dishwasher and washing machine only when there is a full load.
* Do not needlessly water lawns; adhere to lawn watering restrictions.
* Landscape with drought-resistant plants.
* Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
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