To raise awareness about water conservation and the sustainability of the planet, March 22 was declared World Water Day. At Darden and our eight restaurant brands, we recognize water is a critical and strained resource that we can help preserve. In 2009, we set a corporate-wide goal to reduce our direct water usage by 15% per restaurant by 2015. While we reached this goal in 2011, four years early, we’re continuously trying to explore new ways to save water.
For example, we’ve expanded a water-saving irrigation pilot program that uses drip irrigation systems in our landscaping to help conserve water in areas where it is most strained. Our unique landscaping sprinkler heads monitor temperature, humidity, rainfall and wind to determine the most efficient amount of water needed. We’re also leveraging devices that steam seafood and cook pasta while automatically controlling water flow. Our new restaurants and remodels are being constructed with hands-free faucets, low-flow sinks and low-flow flush valves that also reduce the water used in our restaurants.
You don’t need fancy technology to do your part to conserve water. Here are some easy tips so you can make every day World Water Day:
- When washing dishes at the sink and waiting for the water to heat up, catch the cold water in a cup and later use to water your plants.
- Turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth at the sink or soaping up in the shower.
- Replace shower heads and faucets with water-saving models that reduce water flow.
- Place a weighted down 2-liter bottle in the back tank of your toilet to reduce the amount of water used when flushing.
- Use a drip irrigation system, which uses less water than sprinklers, to water your lawn.
- Avoid watering your lawn when it is raining or windy.
- Only water your lawn on days and timeframes you’ve been assigned.
- Use mulch in your landscaping to conserve water. Now you can even find mulch that is made from recycled materials.
- Regularly inspect your home’s water meter, pipes, toilets and faucets for leaks, and respond to them promptly.
- See if your local water company offers energy audits so you can see places in your home where you can save on your energy and water bills while helping the planet.
Spread the news about World Water Day and the ways we can get all get involved. What are your water-saving tips? Share your ideas with our community on the Darden Citizen Facebook page.