Water Conservation for Business
Use these tips to reduce the amount of water you use in your business. You will save on bills while easing demand on your local water supply.
Complete 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. Here are some simple measures you can use to start an audit for your business:
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.
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.
Learn more about conserving water
Water conservation on farms
As major customers of Irish Water, farming families are heavy water users so being able to conserve water is essential to saving money. While water conservation is vital for farmers in reducing bills, water protection is also essential for the effective running of the farm. While some farmers have their own water sources, many are customers of Irish Water. We have put together some practical tips and advice on water conservation and protection on farms.
As a farmer or part of a farming family you will probably be implementing much of this advice already. However, with the pressure of every day farming it is easy to overlook some practical measures that can make all the difference, saving money and protecting crops, livestock and communities.
Find out more in our Water Protection and Conservation on Farms leaflet.
Reuse your water
A rainwater harvesting system or water butt can be put in place to make the most of the rainwater falling on your premises. You can install systems that allow you to use rainwater in your toilets, dishwashers, and showers. A simple water butt can provide water for watering plants and gardens, or even washing windows and cars.
Grey water system
Used water within your business is known as greywater. It is made up of wastewater from sinks, shower drains or washing machines. Instead of flushing it down the drain, businesses can install greywater systems to collect and reuse this wastewater. It is mainly used for flushing toilets, watering plants, and washing external areas of the building.
Change how you think
Make colleagues aware of the scarcity of water and the benefits that conserving water can have for both your company and the environment. Signage in staff kitchens or toilets helps to remind people to turn off taps or use low flush options.
Reconsider habits such as the frequency you wash building exteriors, clean windows or wash vehicles. Where possible, 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.