Conserve in Your Business
Find useful advice to help reduce the amount of water you use in your business and in your home.
Conserving water in your business will not only help protect your local supply, it will also protect the environment, boost your reputation and reduce your water bills.
You can also download and print our Help Conserve Water leaflet to make colleagues aware of the scarcity of water and the benefits that conserving water can have for both your company and the environment.
Conduct a water audit
The first thing we recommend is carrying out a water audit on your business. This will show where the major water use is coming from and where savings can be made.
An audit can be done by the business owner, facilities manager or a member of staff. This could be an opportunity to appoint a water champion or steward. Larger businesses will often procure external specialists in water audits and bespoke solutions.
Invest in water efficient devices and appliances
You can consider upgrading to more water efficient appliances. For example water efficient taps, shower heads, toilets, and dishwashers can make a big difference.
Choosing to implement waterless processes can dramatically reduce your company’s water footprint. This can include air-vacuums, high-pressure air jets, and dry sweeping.
Low maintenance plants
If there are plants within the building, try to choose ones that need less water i.e. cacti, peace lilies, aloe vera and jade plants. If you have outdoor plants, water them in the morning before the sun gets too hot and evaporates the water.
There are cheaper alternatives too. You can retrofit a dual flush system into older toilets or invest in toilet cistern bags. Businesses with showers may also wish to invest in shower timers. Find out more about water saving devices.
Irish Water have partnered with the Lean and Green Skillnet and Central Solutions to develop an innovative water stewardship and conservation pilot training programme.
Stop the leaks
Did you know that checking for and repairing leaks around your home could save up to 19,000 litres of water a year. The same applies to any business. If you think you may have a leak internally it may be worth hiring a plumber to find and fix the leaks. Even though this has an upfront cost, it can lead to huge savings in the long-term by reducing you water waste and therefore your water charges.
If you are a Business Customer and believe you have been affected by a leak after the 1st January 2014, you can contact Irish Water to determine if you are eligible for a reduction on your bill. Please be aware that before any bill reduction can be agreed, you must have identified and repaired the leak and ideally have this evidenced by way of a plumber’s report.
If the leak has been identified but not yet repaired, you should advise your plumber that any report should include: confirmation that the leak has been identified and repaired; the date of repair; the meter read after the repair; the plumber’s signature with a valid VAT / CRO number or company stamp. Irish Water must also be satisfied that the meter readings reflect that the leak has been rectified. Further information is available by contacting Irish Water on 0818 778 778.