DIY tips to save water (and money) in your organisation
1. Fix leaks and drips
Leaking pipes can waste a lot of water and could be costing your business significant money. Tell tale signs of leaks include:
• Damp patches in or outside on your site
• Lush vegetation during dry periods
• Running overflow systems
A dripping tap can waste more than 5,300 litres of water a year, so make sure taps are properly turned off and change washers at the first sign of a drip. For more serious leaks on your site, call a plumber right away. Ask us about leak detectors we can supply.
2. Catch out leaky loos
Water leaking from cisterns into toilet bowls are one of the most frequent reasons your bill may be higher than necessary, with one loo wasting up to 400 litres a day. To check for this, place some food colouring in the cistern and leave the toilet for a few minutes without being flushed. If the colour has reached the toilet bowl then the cistern is leaking and a plumber can put this right.
3. Efficient fittings and appliances
Remember - reducing hot water use also brings down energy bills.
We can supply you with (and organise fitting for) pressure reducing valves for your site pipework to avoid using more water than necessary.
Aerated or low flow taps, shower heads and hose attachments reduce water flow without compromising pressure. Aerating showers can halve water use.
Press taps reduce how long taps and showers run for.
Urinals uncontrolled urinals can waste hundreds of litres every hour. Using devices like flush timers can reduce water consumption by 70%.
Flush reduction bags can be placed in the cisterns of older toilets to reduce their volumes. Older toilets can use up to 13 litres per flush.
Dual flush toilets typically use 4-6 litres of water – less than half what the old-style flush systems use. But ensure they’re connected correctly (the big and small buttons are sometimes installed the wrong way around!) and their buttons can stick.
Choose wisely when you upgrade dishwashers, washing machines and other equipment - look for the Waterwise Recommended Checkmark.
Dishwashers uses less water than washing up plates and mugs separately. If you don’t have one, you can fill a washing up bowl rather than letting water run.
Water coolers give employees access to cold water without having to run a tap.
4. Fill up
Make sure that dishwashers and washing machines are full before they’re used, and employees know to use the most efficient water and energy settings.
5. Don't overboil
When your employees use the kettle, consider signage to encourage them to only boil what they really need.
6. Wash down wisely
Hoses and sprinklers can use up to 1,000 litres per hour - more than a family of four will use in a day. Ensure vehicles, surfaces and equipment are rinsed with a bucket of water rather than a hose when possible and avoid using pressure washers. Consider recycling the water you’re using for washing.
Thousands of litres of water can be wasted every day on grounds maintenance – especially in summer. Hosepipes and sprinklers use more water in one hour.
If you’re asking employees to wash uniforms more during the COVID-19 pandemic, please encourage them to only use washing machines when they’re fully loaded.
7. Pool that rain
Fit water butts to drainpipes to collect rainwater off roofs and look into smart irrigation systems for watering crops and grounds. Try to choose plants and shrubs that can tolerate dry conditions.
If you have a large roof space or other surface for catching rainwater, ask us about our rainwater harvesting systems, which can also be shared at business parks or multiple tenant office buildings. Not only will these reduce your water bills, they can make your organisation less reliant on the rest of the region and resilient when adverse weather hits.
Want to go even further? Ask us about options for grey water recycling. These systems can be a small as routing used water from sink drains into toilet cisterns to full collective recycling tanks, filtration and disinfection systems for larger sites, with lots of options in between.
8. Show us yours
Find and regularly read your water meters. So
meone within your business should be responsible for reading meters either weekly or monthly. A sudden increase in water usage may alert you to a leak.
Most organisations in England and Scotland now have a water meter. However, because many businesses are tenants, they pay a collective service charge that is not related to how much water they’re really using. Your organisation may save money by getting a separate smart water meter or logger exclusively for your business, which we can supply and organise fittings for. This can link to your computer or smart device, monitor your usage frequently throughout each day and show you trends.
Meters and loggers can also enable us to compare your organisation’s usage to what is expected for similar sizes and types of businesses so that we can alert you to ways that you can reduce water usage.
If you’re not up for a meter or logger, we can estimate what your usage should be with one of our mini-audits. Just ask to complete our short online questionnaire and we will check your estimated against actual usage to highlight any potential leaks or other ways you could reduce your water bill.
Did you know?
You can also save money off the wastewater portion of your bill if you aren’t using as much water. In addition, if your surface water does not drain into the main sewer network, we can apply for a rebate for part of your bill.