Water efficiency for business


Welcome to your one-stop hub for advice around how your business can save water, money, and the planet.

As your not-for-profit water company, we want everyone to use less water. We know that you want to keep costs down and improve your sustainability.

Most companies and organisations know how much water they use but may not always use this knowledge to help them reduce their water consumption.

And you might be surprised how much money you can save, given that the average business in the UK is using 30% more water than necessary. By using less water, you can save money on both water supply and wastewater disposal. If you use less water within a manufacturing process that heats water, it can also help reduce your energy bills.

Our top ten tips for saving water at work:

  1. Check your bills for unusually high use and that the reading on your bill is similar to the reading on your meter.
  2. Take regular water meter readings (when safe to do so) to help understand your water consumption and identify any potential leaks.
  3. Check for underground pipe leaks and leaks from internal plumbing, outdoor taps, sprinklers, and hoses.
  4. Fix leaking taps and overflows and check remotely located buildings and pipework so that leaks don’t go unnoticed.
  5. Check that all water using devices, such as toilets, urinals and ball valves are working correctly.
  6. Check that your urinals aren’t constantly flushing, and your taps aren’t dripping, as they can increase water consumption.
  7. Use pipe insulation so that your pipes aren’t at risk of freezing and splitting in cold weather.
  8. You can reduce the water used during toilet flushing in three ways:
  • 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.

9.   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.

10.  Review water usage once a year and produce a plan to reduce consumption

  • this could include plans to educate all staff on water efficiency initiatives and get support from management.
  • it’s also worth looking into how to incorporate initiatives into your wider environmental policy.
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In the business of saving water

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A detailed leaflet explaining what you can do to save water in your business.

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Tips and tricks on how your business can save water

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An easy-to-digest flyer with basic advice on how you can reduce your water bill.

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