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 suggest is that you carry out a water audit on your business. This will show where the major water use is coming from and where you can make savings. You can do the audit yourself or use an external specialist. Below are some simple things you can do to start an audit.
Reduce your use
Use water efficient equipment
Consider upgrading to more water-efficient appliances and devices. Taps, showerheads, toilets and dishwashers can all make a big difference.
Waterless processes can dramatically reduce your use. This can include air-vacuums, high-pressure air jets, and dry sweeping.
There are cheaper options too. Retrofit a dual flush system into older toilets, invest in toilet cistern bags or use shower timers.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Keep your drains clean
You should also look at what is being poured down your drains. The build up of fats, oils and grease (FOG) can cause serious blockages. Learn more about preventing FOG blockages.