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Essex County Greenbelt

A rainwater recapture system stores water runoff in a buried 1,000-gallon cistern and then reuses it for toilets and to water the grounds. Low-flow toilets throughout the building also conserve water.

Landscaping utilizes native perennial plants that require little to no watering; nearly all of the stones used in landscaping come from on site.


New England Biolabs
Most prominent in our conservation efforts is our state-of-the-art Solar Aquatics System®. This modular system treats the campus’ wastewater making it clean enough for reuse or for ground water recharge. This wastewater treatment plant has the ability to treat up to 48,000 gallons per day.

Gloucester Residence

Bricor ultra low-flow showerhead uses half the water of most low-flow units (1.125 gallons per minute vs. 2.5 gpm).

ENERGY STAR clothes washing machine uses only 13 gallons per load.

Rain barrels connected to gutter system store rain water for use in the garden.

EBSCO Publishers

Rainwater collection system used for watering plants.


Latitude 43


Dual flush water saving valves on toilets – use water as needed. The light flush saves 30% on water.

Automatic shut off faucets

Downriver Ice Cream

We’ve installed low-flow toilets to conserve water.

We’ve installed rainwater collection systems that will serve both as planters for flowers and supply water for our landscaping needs 

Water Information Resources

Landscape architects
can design outdoor areas using native plants or plants that require very little water. Using plants that can be sustained by the area’s average rainfall (xeriscaping) eliminates the need for irrigation.

State and local governments
increasingly are offering incentives to help companies adopt water-saving techniques and technologies.

Water utilities
are offering help to companies to conserve water, including providing grants and loans to help industrial and commercial customers pay for water-saving technologies.

Market-making water brokers
are developing new kinds of business opportunities, such as competitive bidding, in which consumption levels are set by a supplier and customers bid for a chance to meet it by implementing any of a variety of cost-effective water-efficiency techniques.

Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturer Association
Works closely with industry and governmental groups to shape environmental laws and regulations.

National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, Inc.
Advances and promotes the onsite waste-water industry.

Facility Manager’s Guide to Water Management
A comprehensive guide to a broad spectrum of water-management issues, from plumbing fixtures to cooling towers to landscaping.

Water Reuse Association
Promotes water recycling through research, education, and loan programs.

Water Efficiency and Management in Commercial Buildings
Suggests a multitude of ways that commercial buildings can reduce water consumption.



Essex County has the dubious distinction of having some of the highest water rates in the country, and so even from just a purely economic perspective, it is well worth the effort and investment in water conservation approaches. From use of simple conservation techniques to innovative technologies, there are many ways to reduce water consumption at home and at work, this page offers examples of a wide array of water-saving approaches that can save thousands of dollars per year.