LabSYNC Point W-5
Problems: Overuse of water intensive equipment uses a large amount of water and energy from the laboratory building.
Solution:Install timers or rigorous habits to turn off cooling water. Some cooling water can be diverted to irrigation or to flushing toilets. Re-circulating systems may be possible using air-cooled water. When solvent still switches are designed, be sure to include automatic turn off of water valves when safety cut-off switches de-energize heating elements.
Benefits: Limits the use of unnecessary water.
Costs: cost of timers may vary.