Every business is looking for effective ways to reduce utility bills these days. With prices for electricity and gas increasing all the time, it’s important to make efficiencies across the entire business wherever possible, including your water usage.
Water management can typically be separated into three tiers in terms of quantities used and related industries:
If your business comes under the high water usage category, then even the smallest water efficiency measures can add up to major savings in the long run.Why do some sectors use so much water?
There is a growing awareness of what’s been termed the ‘water footprint’, which is a calculation of the total amount of water needed in order to produce food and products.
With food production, it is obvious where most of the water footprint comes from and why so much is needed. Farmers need to water their crops as well as provide water for livestock to drink. In wet countries like the UK, the majority of the water will come through rainfall or is taken from rivers and reservoirs which are replenished with rain.
The quantities of water needed to produce food are staggering - as individuals, our total water footprint for food consumption is more than 3,000 litres of water per day. Producing just one tomato, for example, uses around 50 litres of water; one potato uses around 290 litres; and the production of one kilogram of beef takes a massive 15,400 litres.
When it comes to products, the amount of water used is equally large. The creation of just one pound of plastic will consume around 100 litres of water, a smartphone will need 14,500 litres, and a car could require anything up to 100,000 litres by the time it reaches the forecourt.
Our clothes are also very thirsty. The humble pair of jeans, for example, is one of the biggest water users. And the fast fashion industry, which encourages so many of us to have wardrobes stuffed with clothes we hardly ever wear, is the second-largest consumer of water in the world.
How businesses are reducing their water consumption
The good news for any company’s bottom line, as well as for the planet, is that there are steps you can take to reduce water usage. And businesses around the world are already adopting these practices.
Many of the largest manufacturers and producers are taking the lead. Through a variety of water-saving initiatives, Unilever, for example, reduced the volume of water used in its manufacturing sites by 49% per tonne of production. As part of its 2030 Water Security Strategy, soft drinks juggernaut Coca-Cola has pledged to reduce and reuse water, restore watersheds and replenish more water than it uses in its operations around the world.
How you can save water at your business
It doesn’t matter if your company is large or small, a global manufacturer or a corner shop, there are always ways of saving water and saving money, such as using rainwater for irrigation or toilet flushing. We offer water efficiency audits that will take an overview of your existing water usage and enable us to suggest changes that will increase your water efficiency, which could potentially pay for themselves quickly.