Water efficiency for business

We are committed to meeting the needs of our business customers. Our aim is to help all business sectors make the most efficient and cost effective use of water.

Water is becoming an increasingly expensive resource with mains, sewerage and trade effluent charges rising. However, introducing water minimisation measures is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to achieve cost savings.

Most companies and organisations know how much water they use, but may not always use this knowledge to help them reduce the amount of water consumed. Companies that adopt a systematic approach to water reduction typically achieve a 20 - 50% decrease in the amount of water they use. By using less water, companies save money on both water supply and wastewater disposal.

Being more water efficient doesn't have to stop at home. We have some top tips on how you can save water at your business or place of work.

  1. Check your bills for unusually high use.
  2. Check the reading on your bill is similar to the reading on your meter.
  3. Take regular water meter readings to help understand your water consumption and identify any potential leaks.
  4. Check for underground pipe leaks and leaks from internal plumbing, outdoor tap’s, sprinklers and hoses.
  5. Fix leaking taps and overflows.Check remotely located buildings and pipe work so that leaks don’t go unnoticed.
  6. Check that all water using devices, such as toilets, urinals and ball valves are working correctly.
  7. Constant flushing of urinals and dripping taps can increase water consumption.
  8. Use pipe insulation so that your pipes aren’t at risk of freezing and splitting in cold weather.
  9. Reduce water for toilet flushing:
  • Reduce the amount of water used for each toilet flush by inserting displacement devices in the cistern.
  • Where dual-flush cisterns are installed, place a clearly visible notice to explain how to operate both flushes to prevent incorrect operation and wastage.
  • New toilets may have overflows or leaks that discharge directly into the pan which may not be noticed or reported. Identify toilets with internal overflows and regularly check for discharge.

Buy Water Efficient Equipment.

  • Specify low water consumption requirements for any new appliances, fittings or processes.
  • High pressure spray jetters can use less water than conventional hoses as they use pressure instead of a large volume of water to clean.

Review water usage once a year and produce plans to reduce consumption

  • Educate all staff on water efficiency initiatives and get support from managements.
  • Look at how to incorporate initiatives into your wider environmental policy.