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Water saving tips on #WorldWaterDay

By 22nd March 2016 Blog, Sustainability No Comments
An abundance of clean water on tap in the UK doesn't mean we can be wasteful - more at www.remsol.co.uk on #WorldWaterDay

All businesses will use water in some form, from washing hands to cleaning industrial manufacturing processes. Because it’s relatively inexpensive compared to, say, energy, and because Britain has more than its fair share of wet weather so there’s generally an abundance of clean water, we often use more than we should. Here are some tips on water saving in your workplace.

Kitchens

Use a dishwasher rather than handwashing for dirty pots in larger establishments – research suggests that a fully-loaded dishwasher will use around 50% less water than handwashing on average;

If you use a dishwasher, make sure you use the eco-setting if it has one – it will typically use a third less water – and make sure you only use it when fully loaded;

Fit automatic or spray taps to sinks.

Bathrooms

Fit controlled-flushing devices or waterless urinals where possible;

Replace toilet cisterns with dual-flush units and encourage people to use the short flush wherever possible;

Fit automatic or spray taps to sinks.

Water reuse

Check if it’s possible to reuse “grey water” from sinks in other areas of your business, for instance to flush toilets;

Install water butts to collect rainwater and use this to flush toilets if possible.

Look after your water infrastructure

Conduct regular visual inspections to look for leaks and then fix them;

Lag exposed pipework to prevent it from freezing and bursting in cold weather;

If you have one, take regular meter readings so that any spikes in consumption become evident as they may indicate you have a leak somewhere and are losing water.

Educate colleagues

Educate colleagues about the need for and business benefits of water saving;

Involve them in goal setting, usage monitoring and water saving initiatives.

Industrial cleaning processes

Explore opportunities to clean floors, walls and vessels with steam instead of water (but remember this might use additional energy);

Examine the potential for conducting vessel cleaning in a manner that allows rinse water from one cycle to be used in a subsequent cycle.

Saving water is good for the environment, but can also help reduce your costs, improve your ‘green’ credentials, and enable you to comply with current and future regulations.

If you’re thinking of investing in water-saving technologies, the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme for water allows businesses to invest in water-efficient plant and machinery and write-off 100% of the cost against tax. The ECA scheme covers a variety of technologies. These include water-efficient taps, toilets and industrial cleaning equipment. For more on the eligible products, see the Water Technology List.

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