Paper and plastic are not the only things you can recycle from your restaurant’s kitchen. Reusing water is an effective way to save money over time, while also doing a good deed for the environment. Sometimes reused water is known as reclaimed water or gray water. However, no complicated systems are necessary to reap the benefits of reusing water. With a few tips, you too can recycle your water, too.
Reuse Rinse Water
After washing a round of pots, dishes or utensils in the compartment sink, save the final rinse water and use it for soaking or pre-rinsing the next round of dishes. This method could save about 18 gallons from being dumped prematurely.
Steam-Clean the Floors
Steam tables and other steaming equipment use reservoirs to hold used water, which are typically dumped throughout the day. Instead of pouring this clean water down the drain, save if for cleaning the countertops or floors.
Reuse Water for Heat Recovery
Consider a gray water heat recovery system for your commercial dishwasher. If the dishwasher is a continuous fill and drain model, a gray water system can recover some of the heated drain water to reheat the incoming water supply. This saves water and energy, too.
Recycle the Dishwasher Rinse Water
You can also use the rinse water from the dishwasher as flush water for the commercial garbage disposal. Even better, do this along with installing a water saving device, which regulates water used for grinding and can reduce total water use by up to 70%.
Install a Pulper
Not only do pulpers compact your garbage, they use recycled water, too! Typical commercial pulpers only use two gallons per minute and reuse the water they need to compress your restaurant’s waste. This is six gallons less than a typical commercial garbage disposal uses.