Water is an extremely valuable resource, but many of us take it for granted because we live in a country with a great amount of rainfall. Water isn't as abundant as you many think - but if we all use it carefully, we can ensure there will be enough water for everyone, even in the most extreme conditions. Saving water isn't about using less, it is about wasting less.
Reducing your business water use will not only reduce your bills, but your carbon footprint as well. Saving water is easier than you think - why not try a few of these tips and see for yourself?
- Find and fix any leaks. If you suspect a leak, make sure all taps are turned off and any other appliances or central heating systems aren't using any water. Do this during a time when your premises are not in use. Watch your meter dials to see if they move, or take a meter reading and check again after an hour. If the second reading is higher than the first, you may have a leak
- Fill your kettle with only the amount of water you need
- Find out where your wasted water is going and see if you can use it elsewhere - maybe to water your office plants?
- Educate your employees on water efficiency - you can even appoint someone to take regular meter reading and watch out for leaky taps, etc
- Try and use water-efficient appliances in canteens and office kitchens
- Repair a dripping tap - it can waste at least 5,500 litres of water a year! Most of the time all that's required is a new washer
- You can also consider tap restrictors for your sinks, which can reduce the flow of water by as much as half
- In older, larger capacity toilet cisterns, you can reduce the amount of water you flush by placing a cistern bag or a cut-down plastic bottle in your cistern. The amount the bottle holds will be the amount of water you save with each flush. Don't use these in modern toilets though, as it can create the need for double flushing!
- Automatic flushers installed on your urinals can waste a lot of water - install automatic flush controls systems which do not allow flushing when urinals are not needed
- Know where your main stop valve is - this enables you to turn off the water supply in an emergency. If you can't locate it, contact a plumber
- Make sure your property's tanks and pipes are properly insulated - you could save money on your energy bills too!
- Have the name and phone number of a reputable plumber on hand