The amount of water that your business uses will differ from industry sector to industry sector but all businesses could benefit from conserving water in one shape or form.
Here are our top 10 tips for conserving water at your business premises:
1. Install lower flow water fixtures
Taps, shower heads and toilets with a low-flow rate can be fitted to your bathroom and kitchen facilities and use less water per minute than older, traditional models. This is a relatively low-cost and easy way to save money and conserve water used in the workplace.
2. Put in flow tap aerators
Tap aerators are also known as flow regulators. The aerator is a small attachment that either fits onto the end of the tap or can be inserted inside the existing spout. The device saves water by controlling the amount of water that flows through the tap without affecting the water pressure as they mix the water with air.
3. Invest in a rainwater harvest system
Rainwater harvesting is the collection of rainwater from a roof or other surface. The rainwater then passes through a filter and is stored in a holding tank. This stored water can then be pumped as needed around your site. The water is not drinkable but could be linked to toilet flush pipe works to preserve mains water usage. Recycling rain water in this way can help businesses to improve their green credentials and achieve their CSR targets.
4. Install a water logger
If you know how much water you are using and can identify patterns where usage is at its peak you and your management team can formulate a strategy to reduce consumption and make changes where necessary.
5. Get a water audit
Businesses that use a lot of water would benefit from professional help to reduce water consumption. A commercial water audit examines how much water a business uses and will help to identify opportunities to reduce consumption and save money. A site survey will help you to identify any unknown leaks and repair as necessary. For details of our Water Audit Process, see here.
6. Look into a bore hole feasibility study
A bore hole is a narrow shaft that is tunnelled into the ground designed to extract groundwater. This can be used as a source of drinking water, irrigation water or for industrial use. A bore hole is essential for those businesses located some distance from a mains water supply or for companies looking to access free water. A feasibility study can be incorporated as part of your water audit, experts will advise how workable this option is.
7. Purchase water-efficient equipment
It may be that the equipment used in your business consumes more water than is necessary. An investigation into the availability of more water-efficient models or less-water-intensive alternatives could be worthwhile long term. Installing more modern, efficient equipment may incur higher upfront costs but it’s likely that you will reap the benefits through reduced water usage and savings on the cost of water heating.
8. Reduce landscape water use
If your business premises has lawn areas that require regular irrigation you could consider growing native plants or other less water-intensive alternatives. A rainwater harvest system could be a good option or even an automated irrigation system to better control exterior water use.
9. Engage with and educate your employees
Each and every employee has the power to impact the amount of water used within your business. Use business update meetings or internal newsletters to remind employees to be conscientious of water use and ask for their ideas on how to reduce usage.
10. Find a retailer that will help you to cut your business’ water consumption
Now that the water market has been fully deregulated you are at liberty to choose your retailer and the added services they provide. Choosing a provider that has the expertise to carry out a water audit and advise on reducing water consumption will stand you in good stead for the future.
If you would like to discuss any of the above water conservation methods or to book a water audit for your business premises, please contact us on 03330 433 233.