Water Conservation Water Conservation

Water and sewer rates have increased nearly 40% over the past five years and are a growing percentage of facility’s utility expense. For Burton Energy Group’s national clients, this translates into millions of dollars in unanticipated expenses with a significant impact to the operational bottom line. As such, Burton is increasingly tasked with developing innovative, sustainable, comprehensive recommendations to reduce costs without sacrificing visitor experiences, hygiene, or facility functionality. Water and sewer expense is the fastest growing utility clients for Burton’s client, with rates increasing an average of 6.5% annually. The following charts depict commodity expense for Burton’s clients as a percent of overall utility costs for select verticals. 

Although still well behind electricity expense, water costs comprise an ever-growing percent of utility expense, with the average rate increase being 7.4% annually. In most verticals Burton operates in, water expense exceeds natural gas, which helps highlight the importance of developing a proactive water management program. At Burton Energy Group, we provide our clients with valuable insight into how water is being used throughout their portfolio, identifying those high water intensity sites that offer the greatest savings potential, and then developing a strategic plan to reduce use and expense.

Burton is increasingly tasked with developing innovative, sustainable, comprehensive recommendations to reduce costs without sacrificing visitor experiences, hygiene, or facility functionality. Instead of looking at water conservation as an either/or issue – either payback, sustainability, or regulatory driven – Burton focuses on an inclusive approach which adds the most value for our client. Over the past year, Burton has helped our clients save over 80 million gallons of water and reduce operating expense by $700,000. Our turnkey project management services provides a seamless transition from strategy development to onsite assessment to implementation, helping our clients realize savings sooner.

Instead of looking at water conservation as an either/or issue – either payback, sustainability, or regulatory driven – Burton focuses on an inclusive approach which adds the most value for our client. Through this, Burton identifies those locations which offer the highest financial payback potential while focusing on those cost effective measures which will mitigate risks associated with utility rate volatility and regulatory uncertainty, particularly in states like California.  

Burton’s water strategy process is relatively straight forward:

Water Strategy Website

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