How can care homes save water?

By Eleanor Bailey

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Our ever-growing population of people who are living longer is putting pressure on care homes. With government budget cuts and recent warnings about water sustainability, we understand it’s never been more important for care homes to consider ways to save money and water.

Just because water is integral to a care home’s running doesn’t mean that bills can’t be reduced – water can always be used in better ways. The good news is that it’s easy to cut down water use, and so cut down on both water and energy bills.  There are lots of simple things you can do, and we can help to make unique plans for bigger water efficiency investments.

The first step is to make sure you’re on the best water contract. Now that the business water market is open, you can choose your water retailer and have a single bill for all your care homes. Water efficiency is the next easiest thing you can do. Here’s some tips from us on how care homes can cut down their spend through saving water.

Start smart metering

Smart meters are a great way to accurately see how much water your care home is using – the first step to saving water is to understand your starting point. It just means attaching an automatic meter reader (AMR) to your existing water meter. This takes regular readings throughout the day and submits them all in one place to a Smart+ portal.

Being on top of your usage with this means you will notice any unexpected increases (which are usually the sign of a leak), and you’ll have a better idea of when and how your water is being used.

Fix leaks

Leaks will leak away your money, and sometimes you won’t even know about it. Often, leaks go unnoticed as water runs off underground. You can prevent secret leaks from costing you excessive amounts of money by keeping an eye on your water meter and water usage. Also, we offer a leak detection and repair service which can find and fix any problems whilst keeping your care home up and running.

Stop dripping taps

A dripping tap can waste thousands of litres of water every year. Make a policy to report anything leaking or dripping and get these fixed. It’s easy – you can usually sort out a dripping tap by just replacing the washer.

Encourage showering instead of bathing

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Short showers tend to use less water than baths. We’re not suggesting eradicating baths altogether, but if routines were changed to swap some baths to showers this would be a really easy way to reduce water use.

Showers can be made even more water efficient using water efficiency devices, such as flow control shower heads…

Use water efficiency products

Water efficiency products are something everyone should be investing in – they will pay for themselves in terms of savings. Plus, did you know our government has a scheme to help with the costs of water-saving devices? You can find out about it here.

If you’re looking to make simple changes, things like flow control shower heads, tap adaptors, flush bags, and thermostatic valves easily attach to your existing equipment and make it all much more water efficient.
If you’re looking to make bigger water saving moves, low flush toilets, sensor taps and water efficient dishwashers make a big difference.

Have a water audit

It might be a bit overwhelming trying to understand what changes or products would be best for your care home. Sometimes it’s not obvious where water is being wasted and often leaks can go unnoticed hidden underground.

We’re here to help. Our experts can undertake a water audit and recommend personalised ways your business could become more water efficient, with no effort from you. It means we’d do a site survey, looking at all the ways your care home uses water, and help you with a plan to improve. If you own more than one care home, we can audit them all and give you a detailed report for each. A water audit is the easiest way to work out a water saving plan for your care home and make the most savings possible.

We hope these tips came in handy. If you’re interested in water efficiency, check out our water efficiency page or get in contact via advancedservices@water-plus.co.uk.
 

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