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5 Tips on How to Save Water at your Business19/07/2012
5 Tips on How to Save Water at your Business
Saving water is rarely at the top of businesses’ sustainability initiatives and should get more attention. Environmental scientists expect worldwide shortages of fresh water to be one of the most pressing environmental concerns over the next 50 years, as the world’s population nears 10 billion. Moreover, many cities and towns are raising water rates, hence saving water has never been more important.
Knowing how much water you use and where you use it, are the key factors to address this. Here are some strategies to help you become more water efficient:
- Go low-flow: Bathrooms or kitchens with faucets or showers can be fitted with low-flow restrictors. A low-flow tap aerator for instance, emits less than 8 litres of water per minute compared with 12 litres for standard faucets. Older toilets use nearly 23 litres of water per flush whilst newer high-efficiency ones use just 9, with our range of dual flush toilets using only 4.5 or 3 litres per flush. If you cannot afford to buy a new dual flush toilet you can still save through installing a Save-A-Flush or a Hippo which will save you up to 2 litres of water per flush. Just select the correct item for your toilet and place in to the cistern to start saving water instantly.
- Get a water audit: Companies that use large volumes of water should consider getting a professional opinion in reducing their water consumption. A commercial water audit examines how much water a business uses and provides detailed information on where the opportunities are for using less water (and saving money). Audits can also identify costly water leaks that should be repaired. For small businesses you can do self-audit or calculate the average from your water bill.
- Purchase water-efficient equipment: Some devices used by businesses consume a lot of water when there are alternative water-efficient models available. They may have somewhat higher upfront costs but can pay for themselves over a period of time through water savings and water-heating energy savings. It is not more expensive to purchase a water efficient dishwasher or washing machine than other products on the market and you can save water from the first cycle.
- Reduce landscape water use: Lush green lawn can require dozens or hundreds of litres of water a day to keep it looking so. Consider planting native landscapes or other less water-intensive alternatives from our range of drought resistant plants. Also consider installing water butts to collect water on site for landscape irrigation and save water and money as a result.
- Engage and inform employees: Every employee plays a role in water usage, so this is a prime opportunity to get employees involved in the business’s green efforts. Whether it is part of a green team effort or publishing articles in a newsletter, remind employees to be conscientious of water use and ask for their ideas on how to save it. You can also leave notes over the sinks reminding them to turn the tap off or to use an eco-mode over the washing machine.