Water saving tips for large businesses

By Eleanor Bailey
 

Saving water will save you money. You pay for all the water that passes through your meter, but if that water is used more efficiently your business will use less and you’ll pay less.

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If that’s not reason enough, using less water will contribute towards your company sustainability targets too. Water sustainability is becoming a more important issue, as demand is increasing but availability is not. The Environment Agency recently warned that unless England reduces its water usage, there will be significant shortages by 2050. Your business can stay ahead of the game and gain good standing by becoming more water efficient now.

Just a few small changes can mean your business uses 20% less water! Here are some of our suggestions.
 

Start Smart Metering

Smart Meters are a great way to accurately see exactly how much water your business is using. They take readings every 15 minutes and automatically submit them to our Smart+ database, without any effort from you. If you’re a multi-site company, you can install them on all your sites and have all your information easily submitted to one place.

Monitoring your water use like this will help you to notice leaks quickly, and easily identify where usage could be reduced. You can even benchmark your own sites against each other, or other similar-sized businesses, to see how your water use compares.

Look for leaks

Often leaks go unnoticed but can be costly if left. A burst pipe can easily see a loss of 1,000 litres per hour, which would cost as much as £26,000 a year. Monitoring your water usage will help you keep on top of leaks. We offer a leak detection and repair service, for sites all across the country.

Arrange an audit

We can survey your site(s), gathering detailed information on every single aspect of your business that uses water. This means we’ll identify inefficient fixtures and fittings and make personalised recommendations on how your business can save money and become more water efficient.

Get some gadgets

Water saving products are the quickest and easiest way to make big savings. Did you know that our government has a scheme to help with the costs of water-saving devices? The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) lets businesses claim 100% first year capital allowance on water efficiency products from their approved list. Why not check it out here.

Some products which would be especially useful for large businesses are:

You can find all our devices in our approved partner water efficiency shop.

Value your valves

It’s important that you and the members of your facilities team know where the stop-taps are on your sites, so they can be quickly accessed if water needs to be turned off. Often companies only have their mandatory valves, but the more you have the easier it will be to turn off individual pipes and isolate problems. If leaks are found and isolated quickly, your business won’t suffer excessive water damage or disruption and leaks won’t cost as much money.

Keep your tank in tip top condition

If your tank isn’t properly maintained, it could be costing you money in wasted leaking water. It’s important to regularly check the tank’s surface condition and the control valve, to be sure there’s no water passing from the overflow.

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You could consider harvesting rainwater, to use for greywater purposes like toilets.  Similarly, fitting filters into a waste stream to recycle and reuse the water you’ve already paid for as greywater can really cut down on usage and save money.

Consider contingency

It’s your responsibility to keep the pipework and water infrastructure within the boundaries of your property maintained. So, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place in the event that there’s an interruption to your water supply. We offer contingency planning and emergency water services to help you create a unique plan that’s right for your business, to make sure you can stay up and running.

If you’re interested in making your business more water efficient by any of these methods or more, we can help. We’ve got a wide range of products and services, and our experts can offer tailored advice and support. Why not email advancedservices@water-plus.co.uk, or look online at our water efficiency services.

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