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Water 2014, 6(9), 2552-2574; doi:10.3390/w6092552

Rational Consumption of Water in Administrative Public Buildings: The Experience of the Bahia Administrative Center, Brazil

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Center of Exact Sciences and Technology, Federal University of the West of Bahia, Barreiras, Bahia, CEP: 47808-021, Brazil
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Network of Clean Technologies, Department of Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic School of Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, CEP: 40210-630, Brazil
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Department of Administration State of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, CEP: 41745-003, Brazil
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Network of Clean Technologies, Department of Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic School of Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, CEP: 40210-630, Brazil
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Received: 1 May 2014 / Revised: 11 August 2014 / Accepted: 12 August 2014 / Published: 25 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Consumption and Water End-uses in Buildings)
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The government has to lead, by example, the effort for more rational water use. Nevertheless, public buildings in countries like Brazil lack the operational and maintenance organization necessary to induce better environmental practices. This paper presents the results of a five-year effort to control and reduce water use in governmental facilities in Salvador, Bahia. Seventeen state government headquarters in Bahia took part in this initiative. The basic actions taken include: daily monitoring and analysis of water consumption, inspections and adjustments of hydraulic equipment flow, rapid repair of leaks and layout improvements in toilets. All of these are part of the main initiative, which aims to implement water management in the facilities. Ecoteams were created and trained to conduct these efforts. Water control, consumption analysis and communication have been made using AGUAPURA VIANET, an Internet software designed by the Federal University of Bahia for this specific purpose. From June 2008, to December 2013, an estimated 270,000 m3 of potable water have been saved, which represents US$ 2.7 million in water and waste water costs. This represents a monthly savings of 31% in expenses compared to the practices before the program started. View Full-Text
Keywords: public buildings; water consumption; water consumption control public buildings; water consumption; water consumption control
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da Silva, S.F.; Britto, V.; Azevedo, C.; Kiperstok, A. Rational Consumption of Water in Administrative Public Buildings: The Experience of the Bahia Administrative Center, Brazil. Water 2014, 6, 2552-2574.

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