NYC Municipal Water Efficiency Program: Timed Spray Showers

NYC Municipal Water Efficiency Program: Timed Spray Showers: The New York City Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Parks and Recreation installed water-saving automatic shut-off timers and activation buttons on 400 spray showers at City playgrounds in order to conserve water by ensuring that showers are activated only when in use. The $3 million initiative, funded by DEP and jointly managed through a partnership with NYC Parks, is part of a larger citywide effort to reduce water consumption by 5 percent. The timed spray showers were developed through the Municipal Water Efficiency Program, an interagency partnership that implements water conservation strategies at City-owned properties and facilities. The project also included water-saving retrofits to bathrooms in nine NYC Parks Recreation Centers. Timed playground spray showers are the result of significant interagency cooperation to conserve water during high demand summer months by ensuring that the showers are activated only while in use. Now that these 400 spray showers have been upgraded, it is projected that citywide water consumption will be reduced by 1.1 million gallons per day. All newly constructed spray showers in playgrounds also utilize water-saving timers.

The spray showers available at NYC playgrounds have served as a way for young community members to beat the heat throughout the summer. However, to combat climate change, the city is building more sustainable habits, reducing waste, and protecting its indispensable supply of water. Accordingly, the initiative to install timers and activation buttonsand institute other water-saving retrofitsis part of a citywide effort to reduce water consumption by 5%. Without timers and reactivation buttons, playground showers use approximately 5,600 gallons of water per day. By ensuring that showers are activated only while in use, consumption has been cut by 50%, saving 1.1 million gallons of water per day. The initiative to upgrade 400 spray showers in playgrounds save water and mitigate flooding, all while also offering children the opportunity to cool off in the summer heat. The project also included water-saving retrofits to bathrooms in nine NYC Parks Recreation Centers. The initiative has been implemented over the past 4 years, with 225 spray showers in city playgrounds being upgraded with timers by 2015, and 400 being upgraded by 2017.

Publication Date: August 21, 2017

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