Water Conservation for Business Hub
Discover how your business can conserve water and become a water steward. Safeguarding our water supply and cutting down on your costs.
Helping businesses to conserve
Water is a critically important resource, fundamental to both industry and agriculture. But it's also a limited resource with water shortages becoming a global reality. We're here to guide your business on conserving water and making effective changes.
Why conserve water
Small changes in your business can make a big difference. Conserving water not only helps protect your local supply – it can also protect the environment, boost your reputation, and reduce your bills. Learn how to start conserving in your business, including industry specific conservation tips.
Water stewardship initiatives
Global water issues like shortages, flooding and pollution are impacted by industrial activities. Water stewardship helps you to evaluate how you use water and make changes.
Water conservation training
This free online quiz helps you to learn all about the importance of water stewardship. You’ll get a digital badge to share your new knowledge.
Helpful Stewardship Resources
What Irish businesses are doing
What is Water Stewardship?
About Water StewardshipWater stewardship is a way to evaluate your water use and impacts. It involves evaluating your water use, and making best practices changes. These are most effective if they're adopted both in your business and the local area.
Global issues can affect our water supplies. Which of these is a risk to supplies?
About Water StewardshipGlobally, issues related to water availability and quality are critically important. Water scarcity, flooding and pollution can all be increased by water use and discharge. This can result in ecological, social and economic impacts.
There are four pillars of water stewardship. What are they?
About Water StewardshipThere are four main principles for examining your water use. Consider each of these areas and decide on actions to reduce your impact.
- Quantity - Review the quantity, sources, and impact of your water use to check its sustainability
- Quality - Examine potential pollutants in the water your business discharges (chemical and biological)
- Environment – Restore and preserve High Conservation Value areas around your business
- Governance – Work with stakeholders to achieve fair and transparent water governance
Which of these is a water steward?
Being A Water StewardA water steward is a person in your business who sets out the plan and implements strategies. Water stewards should have an understanding of:
- Your business's water useyour water use to check its sustainability
- The context of your area
- The shared risk of water governance and qualityareas around your business
Part of being a water steward is to create a water map. What does a water map show?
Being A Water Steward
Water mapping is a way to understand your business's water use. It's a simple diagram that captures your water sources, services, end users, and outputs. This allows you to get an idea of how much water you use, and its true costs.
Mapping also helps to identify problems like leaks, and water conservation opportunities. This will allow you to not only save water, but also to cut down on costs.
You always need to consider shared risks when developing a stewardship plan. What are shared risks?
Being A Water Steward
There are risks that come with industrial water use. This is mainly because businesses share a river basin with other water users. Water stewardship helps to address any potential risks and challenges.
- Physical – Disruption in water supply. Decline in water quality. Impact on production and product quality
- Reputational – Water as a public good. Public view of sustainability. Community opposition
- Regulatory – New water allocations. Stricter water quality standards. Comply to global water strategies
- Financial – Increase in water tariffs. Cost of insurance. Investor reassurance
There are several ways to find out how much water your business uses. Which of these should you use?
Auditing your business's water use can help you in establishing baselines. Ways you can check what you use include:
- Analysing your water bill
- Checking your meter readings
- Monitoring patterns of water use
A baseline serves as a benchmark to measure conservation actions against.
You want to reduce the amount of water your business uses. How can you start conserving water?
Conservation is a key part of water stewardship. The level of effort and cost associated with conserving water is wide ranging.
Some initial opportunities that you can action right away are to:
- Invest in water efficient appliances – such as taps, shower heads, toilets, and dishwashers
- Go waterless – use air-vacuums, high-pressure air jets, and dry sweeping
- Buy devices to save water – such as dual flush systems, toilers cistern bags, and shower timers
- Choose low maintenance plants – such as cacti, peace lilies, aloe vera, and jade