Frequently Asked Questions

Who should use the water efficiency toolkit? 

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, you should take a look at the toolkit to see how it might help your operations:

  • Do you have operations in water-stressed areas?
  • Do you (or your landlord/facilities service provider) manage buildings as part of your operations?
  • Do you want to learn from others’ experience to develop a business case for water efficiency?
  • Do you want to contribute to the efficient use of this critical resource?

How can the water efficiency toolkit benefit organizational leaders? 

The water efficiency toolkit has several components that can help you raise awareness of the need for water efficiency within your organization. The toolkit includes several infographics that can help the layperson quickly understand how water is used in a commercial building or data center or how water management impacts a business, which can be helpful in bringing a team up to speed or preparing a presentation for a large group.

In addition, the toolkit includes the Water Scorecard, which can help leaders get a broad understanding of their organization’s water use and what areas they can start looking at to improve water efficiency.

How can the water efficiency toolkit benefit facilities management teams? 

EDF and AT&T’s water efficiency toolkit can help you develop the skills needed to improve water efficiency. By using our technical resources, you can start to better understand where water is being used and how cooling systems work.

The purpose of the toolkit is to raise visibility of water efficiency opportunities and estimate potential savings so that you can create a business case for water efficiency investment. Because cooling system conditions and needs are so different – different outside temperatures, different water supply quality, etc. – there is no single solution. However, the information provided by the score card and the educational resources in the toolkit can help facility managers make sound investments.

How is AT&T using the toolkit?

125 of AT&T’s facilities (representing 50% of total water use) have implemented the water score card, and many of AT&T facility managers use the educational material to increase their knowledge of the cooling system process. This process has been very helpful as AT&T engages with different vendors and technical solutions. These tools are critical to AT&T’s success as they strive to meet their goal of saving 150 million gallons of water from 2013-2015.

How does the Water Scorecard work?

The water scorecard is the fundamental tool used to create visibility for water performance at facilities. As a leader, this is a great way to provide a structured approach for your facilities to track progress.

Each facility manager completes a score card at a set interval (yearly, semi-annually, etc.) and the results of the score card provide a single indicator – a grade – for the facility’s performance. When the grades are shared within an organization, this process of data collection and grading creates a powerful tool to raise the visibility of water and stimulate sharing of ideas, which leads to higher score card grades and greater water efficiency.