Water Conservation saves money!

Water conservation is the maximization of processes, habits, and equipment to minimize water usage, thereby minimizing water cost. As fresh water coming in is waste water going out, sewer usage and costs are also minimized by water conservation programs. Developing a water conservation program addresses three areas: habits, equipment, and monitoring. A useful tool for water conservation is submetering, where individual submeters are placed in apartment units, and residents are billed back for their water and sewer usage. While this typically returns 80 to 100% of the water and sewer expense to management, it also significantly reduces water consumption. Another related area for property management to consider is water billing rate and usage analysis, where rates applied by the primary municipal supplier are verified as accurate. Experience tells us that significant over-billing errors or excess usage problems occur on average every four years for most apartment communities. Other locations have chronic high water bill issues. Argen’s service to clients has resulted in numerous large credits and refunds to client water bill accounts.

Services at a Glance

If you are looking to increase your cash flow and help conserve water, it just makes sense to contact Argen. We offer multiple cost effective ways to reduce water usage and bring costs down, and keep it down.

Water Conservation Services

1. Strategic Planning: working with clients to gain a portfolio wide approach to utility cost containment. Includes building job descriptions of corporate utility managers, designing preventative maintenance programs, and designing programs to monitor utility cost. Includes electric, gas and water utility applications.

2. Staff Training Sessions (Each is two hours long)
a) Water Conservation: Increasing NOI by Minimizing Costs and Maximizing Revenue.
b) Self monitoring and diagnosis of primary water usage, to ensure assets realize minimized water/sewer usage and cost over time.
c) Diagnosing and repairing toilet leaks. Many maintenance personnel are not trained on how to diagnose toilet leaks. Let us conduct an audit for you.

3. Water Rate and Usage Analysis. Determines relative health of primary water consumption and cost, compared to expectations for a property's age and tenant occupancy profile. Also verifies accuracy of primary supplier's rate application. Provided to all submetered assets at no extra charge, monthly.

4. Portfolio Analysis, applying the above Analysis to an entire portfolio. Problems are found in approximately 50% of properties.

Monitoring Water Usage and Cost

Those who keep water usage and cost at minimal levels routinely monitor usage by analyzing municipal supplier bills, routinely take independent reads of the municipal supplier's primary meter(s) and analyze current water consumption. When billed or current usage is higher than expected, action takes place to verify and solve the problem. Taking your own independent reads of the supplier primary meter provides key benefits:

1. Minimizes lag time between a major leak occurring, and you finding out. If you rely on the municipal supplier's bill for all your analysis, it may be 60 to 90 days between the start of a major problem, and their bill getting into your hands. Thats 60 to 90 days of high cost you will be paying out. Eliminate this by taking weekly reads of your primaries!

2. Allows you to verify the supplier's bill as accurate. Compare your independent meter reads with the reads on the supplier bills: do they make sense? When a primary bill spikes up, it's not always because of a water leak. Most of the time, it is due to a meter read or data entry error.

Monitoring Water Usage and Cost, Continued

While the above may seem like a lot of work, it actually takes very little to operate a monitoring program once it is set up. Set up is easy! Property managers and maintenance personnel have the ability to quote their average and current usage numbers if requested. Let us take a look at your primary water usage, and the gallons per day (gpd) benchmark. Benchmarking your usage is the first step, let's get going!

What you will need:
Basic property data: address, number of units, approximate year of construction, latest primary supplier bill(s), with the meter reads available Independent reads of the primary meter(s), if possible, occupancy over the same time period.

About Argen Conservation & Billing

At Argen, we offer the unique understanding that comes from long and varied experience. Our past makes our selection as your utility management provider the obvious, intelligent choice for your future. The company was founded in 1982, when utilities were almost universally included "free" with rent, and conservation concerns were practically unheard of. Argen started as an energy control and conservation firm. We began promoting water conservation before most property owners or managers even realized there were viable ways to control consumption. Years of analyzing utility usage and problem solving have clients everywhere depending on Argen.

Water Conservation Hints & Tips

Like any habit, it takes time and effort to change how we use our water resources, though the rewards are numerous and very cost effective to achieve. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to achieve reduced water consumption is through changing a few key habits.

Contact Argen

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Phone: 678-413-4082
Email: Conservation@ArgenInc.com

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