Savannah Water Efficiency Project: A Plumbing Retrofit Case Study
Denion, Deatre N.
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With growing concerns about the Floridan Aquifer in Southeast Georgia, and a 10 mgd reduction required by the Georgia EPD, the city of Savannah began looking for water efficient projects to help reduce their groundwater withdrawal. The first step was to fund a Water Conservation Program to educate and show a measurable result in the reduction of water usage in the system. As part of this program, plumbing retrofits in older neighborhoods began. This paper addresses the plumbing retrofit program in Savannah. In increments, the City of Savannah replaced old, leaky toilets in chosen neighborhoods with low flow plumbing fixtures. Starting in 1998, the city has targeted several areas within the city to reduce water waste. With this program, the city has seen a 16% to 28% reduction in water use from the targeted neighborhoods.