Five Ways Your Community Can Conserve Water

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As temperatures heat up, water shortages are once again starting to affect cities and communities throughout the country. Residential property management companies like FirstService Residential can offer guidelines to help homeowner associations conserve water and save money on their water bills.

Summer is here, and as temperatures rise, many communities – especially those located in arid climates – are beginning to feel the effects of water shortages and even droughts. Before conditions become severe, communities throughout the country should implement conservation measures. If communities are managed by professional property management companies, their property managers can leverage their experience and proven water-saving techniques to benefit homeowner associations and community associations, as well as residents.

But for associations that are self-managed – or have property managers who are not being as proactive as Board members would like – FirstService Residential, North America’s leading property management company, offers useful tips to help communities conserve water and reduce costs. Highlights include:

Conserving in Common Areas

  • Install low-flow toilets, water-conserving toilet flappers and sinks

Reviewing Landscaping Usage

  • Choose low-water, drought-tolerant plants and flowers
  • Replace faulty or old irrigation systems and monitor for leaks

Educating Residents

  • Communicate to residents the importance of water conservation
  • Feature tips on how to install water-saving toilets, showers and faucets in their homes

Conducting Energy Audits

  • Review your community’s energy usage to identify ways to save money
  • Hire a third-party energy audit company to obtain an unbiased point of view

Partnering with a Residential Property Management Company

  • Create water-saving strategies together and manage community-wide energy saving improvments
  • Arrange for energy audits

Take a look at an infographic with even more tips to conserve water and reduce costs for your community.

About FirstService Residential
FirstService Residential is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, one of the largest markets in the world. As a leading property management company in North America, FirstService Residential oversees more than 6,500 residential and commercial associations including 1.5 million residential units and over 50 million square feet of commercial space across 21 U.S. states and three provinces in Canada. The company has more than 12,000 employees driving local market expertise and manages in excess of $6 billion in annual budgets.

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