Business Conservation Tips

Conserving water helps protect the local supply and environment, boosts your reputation and saves you money.

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. You can do the audit yourself or use an external specialist. Below are some simple measures you can use to start an audit for your business.

Examine your bills to understand water use patterns and charges

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Read your meter but remember to do so safely

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Check for leaks using your water meter

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Reduce your use

Use water efficient equipment

Use water efficient equipment

Consider upgrading to more water efficient appliances and devices. Taps, shower heads, toilets, and dishwashers can all make a big difference.

Go waterless

Go waterless

Implementing waterless processes can dramatically reduce your use. This can include air-vacuums, high-pressure air jets, and dry sweeping.

Simple changes

Simple changes

There are cheaper alternatives too. Retrofit a dual flush system into older toilets, invest in toilet cistern bags, or use shower timers.

Low maintenance plants

Low maintenance plants

Choose plants that need less water (cacti, peace lilies, aloe vera and jade plants). Water outdoor plants in the morning before the sun gets too hot.

Reuse your water

Harvest rainwater

Harvest rainwater

A harvesting system allows you to collect rainwater. You can then install systems to use rainwater in your toilets, dishwashers, and showers. A simple water butt can collect rainwater to water plants, or wash windows and cars.

Grey water system

Grey water system

Used water is known as grey water. It's made up of wastewater from sinks, shower drains or washing machines. Grey water systems collect and reuse this wastewater. You can then use it to flush toilets, water plants, and wash external areas of the building.

Change how you think

Encourage colleagues

Encourage colleagues

Make colleagues aware of the scarcity of water and the benefits of conservation. Put up signs in staff kitchens or toilets that remind people to turn off taps or use low flush options.

Appoint water stewards

Appoint water stewards

Maintenance staff, cleaners, utility managers and FM contractors may have experience in conservation. Ask them for advice or ask if they would like to become water stewards.

Be mindful

Be mindful

Think about how often you wash building exteriors, clean windows or wash vehicles. Try to limit the use of power washers as they use large amounts of water.

Conservation tips for your industry

Hospitality

Many Irish tourism hotspots experience water restrictions in the summer. Conserving water protects your local supply, while lowering costs.

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Agriculture

Water is crucial to our agricultural industry. To prepare for unpredictable weather, we need to manage water more effectively.

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Manufacturing

Water use is a fundamental part of the manufacturing process. See how to reduce the amount of water your business uses.

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Pharmaceutical

The pharmaceutical industry uses large amounts of water in its manufacturing process. Learn how to reduce your water footprint.

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