Water efficiency is a crucial concern for modern-day organisations focusing on cost efficiency and the sustainability of their operations. How well a company manages its water use will contribute to its line expense items. It also helps shape the perception the community it operates in and serves has of it. It is therefore prudent for firms to consider how efficiently they consume this finite resource. Here are ways an organisation can go about reducing its water expenditure.
• Get A Water Audit
A water audit is essential to understand best how water is consumed in the organisation and identify the necessary areas of intervention. Engage a qualified professional to run the review and assist in developing a relevant water-efficiency strategy.
• Fix Any Leaking Faucets or Pipes
The first and most ready means of saving on water bills is fixing any leaks. Although it might not seem like a significant issue, those drops of wasted water add up over the financial year costing a business a lot of money. The initial cost of hiring a plumber to fix any leaks is offset by the longer term saving on water expenses.
• Harvest Rain Water
Organizations can cut water bills if they can harness rainwater. When it rains, set up a practical collection system that doesn't interfere with daily operations. You can then link this system to a central storage point like a 10000 litre water tank, for example, to use the collected water at no cost and save on expenses.
• Adopt Low-Flow Units
One area where businesses use a lot of water is in the restroom and bathroom. Traditional water closets, shower units, etc. were designed to consume high volumes of water per use. Over a given day and when spread over the total units in use, this amounts to high water consumption. Modern units utilise low-flow elements to restrict the volume of water in use leading to overall savings.
• Adopt Motion-Sensing Technology
Automated faucets and water closets feature motion sensors which are programmed to trigger the release of a certain amount of water only when someone uses them. The granular control over water usage that these sensors deliver promotes water efficiency leading to cost savings.
A business needs to assess how it consumes water to identify potential cost savings that also help to promote sustainability. Begin with a water audit to form a relevant strategy encompassing various facets of organisational consumption for overall cost savings.Share
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