According to the United Nations, a third of the world’s groundwater systems are in distress, and two billion people live in areas experiencing high water stress. By 2050, it is predicted that more than five billion people will be living in areas affected by water scarcity for at least one month of the year.
Despite the decreasing availability of potable water, water usage is growing as a result of a global population increase and rise in consumer products. It is therefore important do what you can to make better use of business water. For example, since 1960 in the US, water use on farms has risen 100%, industrial use has tripled, and domestic water use has increased by 600%.
Here are our top tips on achieving greater water efficiency:
A water efficiency audit will involve an in depth review of the way your company uses water, and will suggest actions you can take to make efficiencies. If you use a lot of water, the cost of the audit and implementing the efficiencies could pay for themselves in just a few months.
Automated meter readings can help you identify areas of water use where you may be able to make improvements. Once you understand your company’s normal usage, you can assess how effective your efficiency measures are. Taking regular readings can also help you detect hidden water leaks, as you’ll notice an unexplained increase in water usage quicker. The earlier you detect a leak, the sooner you can do something about it and the less water you’ll waste.
As your company is paying for all the clean water it uses, it makes sense to recycle as much as possible. ‘Grey water’ is the wastewater from sinks and showers, dishwashers and washing machines, as well as rainwater collected from guttering. Instead of allowing it all to drain away, you can divert it to flush toilets and wash cars and pavements. This means you’ll also be paying less for the disposal of wastewater as well as clean water.
Companies that illegally dump pollutants into the wastewater system are not only harming the environment, they’re also opening themselves up to huge fines.
Even on a small scale, you need to prevent items that potentially cause expensive blockages from being flushed into the drains, such as oils and fats, wipes, cotton buds etc. Even if the blockage doesn’t occur in your water system, where you would have to organise and pay for its removal, it could eventually impact on your bottom line. .
One of the most important ways of creating water efficiencies is to let your employees know what measures you’re taking, help them understand why you’re doing it, and encourage them to adopt the measures themselves.
For more information on how you can continue to save water in your business, read our helpful Water Efficiency Guide.