Water saving strategies for businesses

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Water saving strategies for businesses

As a business owner, saving is something you know how to do well. You have to save money and time, but you often do not consider the fact that you also have to save resources – most importantly, water.

Saving water is highly important, especially with the current drought that has beset the country. If you are serious about becoming a more sustainable and waterwise business, then it is vital to implement water saving practices in your business or company.

Installing technological systems, such as those offered by PROXA Water, is a good way to maintain your water management system, but having good water saving practices within your business will enhance these technical systems.

 

Immediate requirements

There are some immediate steps you need to take in order to start your water saving process, including the following:

  • Only use municipal drinking water for essential purposes and only for indoor use
  • Review your operation’s water usage and how you could reduce this
  • Do an audit of your current water usage amounts

If you take these first steps, you will be able to accurately ascertain how to further manage your business’ water consumption.

 

Check water meters to find leaks

It is important to find out whether or not there are any leaks in your building as this will give a clear picture of how much water is actively used and how much is being lost. The most common leaks can be found in worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads (if these are installed in your building).

Once you have found the source of the leak, it is vital to fix it immediately, as not only will this save you on your water bill but it will stop the unnecessary water loss.

 

Install water-efficient technologies

Installing technologies, including those offered by PROXA Water and other water management companies, will help to make the water saving strategy efficient and easy. You can opt for aerated faucets, which provide a lower water flow, install water heater insulation blanket and insulate the first meter of the outpipe of the water heater.

You can also choose dishwashers with high eco ratings if your office kitchen utilises a dishwasher. One way to save water in the office kitchen is to encourage your staff to use recyclable crockery and cutlery that does not need to be washed.

Be clever with landscaping

If your business building has a garden space, instead of using water that can be used for drinking, use greywater or rainwater to water it. Using water from washing dishes is an effective water-recycling strategy, but you must ensure that there is not salt in the dish water.

Another way to be clever with your landscaping is to have hardy plants, such as succulents, planted instead of flowers or greenery that need constant watering. Succulents are also uniquely aesthetic, so you will not lose any visual appeal by having plants that need less watering over flowers or ferns in your office garden.

Educate employees

This may sound like a basic step in the process, but it is equally as important as the others. You need to educate your employees on water saving processes that you will be implementing in the office. You can also ask them for their ideas as more information can only help the situation.

Alert them to the results of any audits you have done and teach them better practices, such as not leaving the tap running while washing their hands in the bathroom or dishes in the kitchen sink. If your employees are better equipped, they will be more able to practice water saving techniques.

Conduct a conservation audit

Once you have put the water saving strategy into place, it is important to conduct an audit after at least one to two months, in order to assess whether you are, in fact saving water. A conservation audit can be done by your own business or by an outside company and will tell you whether your meters are showing higher or lower water usage.

This will also encourage your employees, as seeing tangible results of their hard work will spur them on to continuing the water management strategy in the workplace.

What else can businesses do?

Business owners are in prime position to take on water saving projects and drives. You can take on a project to raise water funds for a charitable organisation such as your local SPCA or children’s home, or you can encourage your employees to help out their own local charities by donating bottled water.

The most important thing you can do is ensure that your business is not over-consuming water and are attempting to save as much as possible by implementing a solid and achievable water management strategy.

 

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