Water Saving Awareness ‘Not High’ Among The General Public

When it comes to the likes of commercial water saving, leaks, stress and scarcity, it appears that the general public isn’t as aware of such issues as they are about other environmental problems, such as single use plastic.


This was the general consensus among speakers at the annual Waterwise conference, which took place in London last month (March), with the challenges of reducing domestic water consumption to 100 litres per head per day under discussion, WWT Online reports.


A public awareness campaign on water saving was carried out by Severn Trent last year, when summer temperatures reached some serious highs, with 75 per cent of customers saying they would try to use less water if requested to and 69 per cent saying they thought it would be reasonable for suppliers to ask them to use less water during heatwaves.


Head of asset planning and strategic investment at Severn Trent John Devall explained that although the industry has succeeded in reducing overall water demand since the 90s, this is largely down to a drop in industrial demand and reduction in water leaks… while per capita consumption has only fallen a relatively modest amount.


The conference also heard how smart meters and digital innovation are now being used to help utility companies reduce water consumption even further. Anglian Water’s Paul Glass, for example, explained how a trial of smart meters led to an 11.5 per cent water saving.


Andrew Tucker of Thames Water, meanwhile, added that metering is indeed the “bedrock” of water conservation, since it’s hard to reduce consumption until accurate measurements have been taken.


“The detail given by smart meters can shine a light on a previously dark place, which is customer-side leaks. Many customers have had these for a long time and have simply been unaware of it,” he was quoted by the news source as saying.


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As well as helping the planet and safeguarding a truly precious resource for future generations, conserving water can also potentially result in some significant monetary savings as well – which, from a business perspective, is sure to be excellent news indeed.


There are numerous ways in which companies can start taking action in this regard right now, whether you decide to have a water audit carried out, leak detection and repair, water monitoring, rainwater harvesting or meter installation.


It’s possible that, by taking steps such as these, you can achieve savings of more than 30 per cent on your current water bill… so, as you can see, it’s certainly worth looking into, especially if you think your bills are too high for your usage.


A water audit is the first step to figuring all this out, with analysts comparing water use and volumes with what you’re being charged for. If you’d like to find out more about this, get in touch with us today