As the population grows and we see changes to our climate, there are increasing pressures on our water supply. The Environment Agency has estimated that in 25 years, the UK will not have enough water to meet the demand.
Total non-household water consumption in the UK accounts for 20% of public water supply (Ofwat, 2018). There are around 1.2 million customers in the non-household water market who on average consume 140 million cubic meters per month. That’s about 4.7 billion litres per day.
As the fastest growing water supplier to non-household customers, water efficiency matters to us. We care about the long-term sustainability of the water supply, and about helping our customers keep their costs down.
The problem: water scarcity
Water scarcity is defined as a lack of clean drinking water accessible to humans and animals in a given area. Around 2.8 billion people around the world deal with water scarcity for at least one month each year. This can be due to either a physical lack of water, because the land is too dry, or due to economic reasons, because of a lack of investment in water infrastructure.
Although the planet is 70% water, only around 0.1% of earth’s water supply is freely available to drink.
Lots of factors play a part in the problem of water scarcity. A major factor is the growing world population. Another is our increasing water footprint, as we import and consume more goods and food from across the world. Other factors such as weather, climate change, pollution, and political instability also contribute to the problem. All of this means that it is important to recognise the value of water as a vital but limited natural resource and use it accordingly.
What is water efficiency?
Water efficiency is all about maximising the benefit from every unit of water used. By taking steps to reduce our water wastage, we can each play a part in using water more efficiently, and limit the water stress experienced across the globe, as well as saving money along the way.
How your organisation can become more water efficient:
Take advantage of our no saving, no fee desktop water audits.
Make use of our water efficiency checklist, for a printable guide to ensuring your premises are as water efficient as possible.