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What Is Business Water Efficiency?
Making water efficiency improvements is one of the most important sustainability actions that businesses can take, with water stress and scarcity fast becoming one of the biggest and most pressing climate change-related issues worldwide.
Water underpins every aspect of life in the 21st century but supplies are rapidly dwindling under the combined pressure of rising global temperatures, more extreme weather events like flooding and drought, pollution, increased urbanisation, population growth and water mismanagement.
Reducing your water footprint has benefits for both the environment and your business, with water-saving strategies and technologies now readily available to help you be more responsible and sustainable where freshwater use is concerned, as well as minimising the amount of wastewater you generate.
To become water efficient, it is necessary to measure just how much water you need for every aspect of your business so you can make sure that you limit your consumption only to what is absolutely necessary for you to operate successfully.
Something to bear in mind, however, is that water efficiency is not quite the same as water conservation. Yes, they both have the same end goals of minimising water usage, but water conservation is a broader term that can be used to describe wider international policy changes or individual behaviour at a local community level.
Water efficiency, meanwhile, is a blanket term used to describe the reduction of water wastage, focusing on innovation and technology to help you achieve the desired results but using as little water as you possibly can in the process.
The good news is that there’s a lot of technology out there that can help you make significant inroads in this regard – which is something we here at H2o Building Services can certainly help you with, whether you need help with water leak detection and repair, or would prefer to investigate the possibilities where artificial intelligence is concerned.
Governments and industries all over the world are now really waking up to the realities of the situation and working towards improving water management and efficiencies.
For companies of all shapes and sizes, being more efficient with water actually makes excellent business sense, since you’ll not only be able to boost your green credentials and drive environmental protections, but you’ll also most likely be able to reduce your overheads and increase profits at the same time, which makes it a very real win-win for all.
There are all sorts of ways in which you can reduce the water consumption of your business and your business premises. A good first place to begin is perhaps with your actual site, whether you want to look into water leak detection and repair, rainwater harvesting, automated meter reading, having a water audit carried out or switching water supplier.
You might be surprised at just what can be achieved and just how much water you can save over time. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch with the team today to see how we can help.
Through our water bill analysis process and ongoing monitoring our team can create a strategy to improve your water efficiency.
When creating water efficiency strategy for your business, we must:
- Understand the carbon load of different water types
- Prioritise the water efficiency of different water sources
- Use water meters and data loggers to understand your current water usage
- Only use rain or greywater in the strategy where it makes carbon sense
By implementing a water performance strategy for your business we can reduce the amount of water you use from your mains water supplier therefore reducing the carbon load of the water supplied as well as your water bills.
What is the carbon load of water?
With the carbon load of water increasing companies need to start looking at ways in which they can save on the amount of water they are using from your mains water suppliers. It currently takes 1.2KkWh of energy to treat 1m3 of mains water which results in 0.7 kg of CO2 emissions.
Despite the non-domestic water industry only creating 0.6% of the UKs total carbon emissions it is still important to reduce your footprint where possible.
If your business is looking to not only reduce its water footprint but its carbon footprint as well, a water efficiency strategy could help you to do that.
Benefits of implementing a water efficiency strategy
By using H2O building services to create an all-encompassing strategy for your business we can:
- Reduce your water bills
- Increase efficiency of water usage
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Reduce your water footprint
How to Get a Water Efficiency Strategy
Here at H2O building services we pride ourselves on making it easy for you to save money through our water effectiveness strategies. By following a step by step process we can quickly analyse your water usage, find leaks and put a water efficiency strategy in place.
To find out more about a water efficiency strategy for your business or to arrange for a member of our team to come out and see you then get in touch via our contact form or give us a call.
Call a water audit expert now, and start saving 0845 658 0948.
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New research has found that changing weather patterns in the UK are expected to make Scotland’s private water supplies more vulnerable to drought, seriously problematic when you consider that private supplies provide drinking water to four per cent of the country’s population and to many more through tourist facilities and businesses.