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Multi-site companies can improve performance and maximize cost savings through water managementSpokane, WA — Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, has announced a new Water Outlier Investigation service to help multi-site commercial and industrial companies optimize their water performance. Together, Ecova’s Resource Benchmarking Report and new Water Outlier Investigation services identify facilities that are performing above or below the norm for all facilities – and provide customized solutions to reduce consumption at those targeted sites. “Water prices are on the rise, climbing by almost 30 percent in the past four years for the commercial and industrial sector as we found in our recent Big Data Whitepaper,” said Bob Zak, senior vice president, facility solutions, Ecova. “Water management is not only an immediate opportunity for cost savings, but also a long-term strategy for forward-looking companies as the U.S. faces broad water scarcity and long-standing drought. Ecova’s Water Outlier Investigation service is one of the first steps companies should take when looking to manage their water consumption.”The Water Outlier Investigation service compiles and analyzes information gathered from targeted outlier sites. Using data collected from the participating sites, Ecova generates a customized report that includes a prioritized list of recommendations based on identified issues and water savings opportunities, a description of each opportunity for improvement, and the estimated payback range for return on investment calculations. Ecova also has the ability to track and assess the impact resulting from the implementation of recommended energy efficiency projects.“Shari's uses Ecova’s Water Outlier Investigation service to identify those locations that fall above usage benchmarks we have set,” said Jodenne Scott, director of financial support services, Shari’s Café & Pies. “After identifying the right sites to focus on, Ecova works with our staff to determine the cause of the increase and then provides a list of recommendations for improvements specific to each site. This makes our job applying efficiency measures and repairs easier, and Ecova even helps us apply for water utility credits once repairs have been completed.”Many companies are laser-focused on energy savings, neglecting this additional opportunity for significant cost and resource savings. The addition of the Water Outlier Investigation service, coupled with Ecova’s Resource Benchmarking Report means that managers of large and geographically dispersed facility portfolios have a single data-driven, cost-effective service to know where and how to start saving energy and water.###About EcovaEcova is the total energy and sustainability management company whose sole purpose is to see more, save more, and sustain more for its clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of thousands of business sites and millions of households, Ecova provides fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources, which in turn increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations. Ecova is the largest non-regulated subsidiary of Avista Corp (NYSE: AVA and avistacorp.com). For more information, visit the company’s website at ecova.com, on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ecova, or follow Ecova on Twitter at @ecovainc.