Water at Work
Every business has different water needs - from a small home-based business to a large manufacturing plant, but almost all could benefit from cutting water consumption. Envirowise estimates that adopting a systematic approach could cut your water use by up to 30%.
The Benefits of Saving Water at Work
In addition to helping reduce costs, decreasing water consumption can help your business comply with current and future environmental legislation, reduce its carbon footprint, improve your company’s environmental performance and generate positive PR.
Water fittings in commercial multi-occupancy buildings often experience more frequent use than in dwellings, which means that payback times following investment can be excellent. Investment in water recycling schemes is also more viable in business settings than domestic settings.
In commercial situations, major cost savings can be gained through installation of:
- urinal controls or waterless urinals
- efficient flush toilets
- automatic or sensor taps
In addition to cost-savings from decreased water and energy bills, businesses investing in technologies and products that encourage sustainable water use may be eligible for tax savings though Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA). The ECA website details the scheme and the Water Technology List.
Organisations with a remit to advise businesses and industry on water savings, including water-using industrial processes:
There are many benefits to reducing water consumption in the work place, it can help with more than just cost. It can help your business to comply with current and future environmental legislation, reduce its carbon footprint, improve your company’s environmental performance and generate positive PR.
- Educate your employees on the importance and practices of water efficiency
- Try and set water usage targets and encourage widespread involvement to achieve this!
- Know where your supply pipes run and where the shut off valves are
- Check your meters at night or when no is being used to monitor leakage
- Make sure your pipes are protected against cold weather as leakage can increase after a burst due to frost
- Install water efficient devices in bathrooms such as waterless urinals or automatic taps
- Your water supplier may offer water audits to see how efficient your business’s water usage is. Some may even offer a personalised water management package to get the best water efficiency plan for your business. Contact your water company for more details.
- Install water efficient devices in bathrooms and canteens such as controlled or waterless urinals and automatic or spray taps
- Look at our list of Water Saving Devices to fit into your office where applicable.
- Use water efficient settings on all kitchen appliances
- Installing automatic taps or spray taps can help make a big difference to consumption levels
- Determine where your wasted water is going and if or how you can recycle it in other areas of your business
- Where possible use a water butt to harvest rainwater for use in your business