There are many practices you can put into place to save on water waste in the workplace. Not only is minimising waste a great thing for the environment, but it also helps to cut the water costs for you. After all, why waste money on water you’re not using?
The first simple step is to monitor your water consumption, with the best solution being to install a smart meter. This device will help you identify exactly how much you’re spending and where the gaps are where you could potentially be saving money. By monitoring your water bill over time, you should be able to see the impact of any changes made.
Although it’s tempting to put off leaks and other maintenance issues, data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency found that if a tap drips at the rate of one drop per second, more than 3,000 gallons of water could be wasted per year.
It’s an idea to make sure everyone in the office knows if there’s a leaky tap and to take extra care when turning it off.
Water leaks can be costly and can also damage your pipework, so when combined with the smart meter, be sure to check for any irregularities as it could suggest a leak.
There are also simple practices you can introduce to the workplace to save on unnecessary water wastage. For example, if you have a dishwasher, make sure there are no half loads being washed only full ones. This can also apply to washing machines if you have them onsite.
Likewise, prompt on the basics such as ensuring that taps are completely turned off and not dripping when not in use – everyone needs a reminder sometimes!
Still on the premises, if you have a garden or a particularly aesthetic plant landscape, consider using recycled water. Avoid sprinklers or using tap water to hydrate your plants and perhaps introduce a water butt to collect rainwater which you can then use for your garden space. This is not only more cost-effective but is better for the plants too.
The summers can be hot but where possible avoid overuse of evaporative air conditioners and use natural ventilation such as open windows and fans if this is possible. Likewise, make sure air conditioners are turned off after hours to ensure you are not wasting water.
If possible, it is worthwhile considering low-flow fixtures to save water across your plumbing. These fixtures work to produce a lower rate of water flow for showers and taps or less water per flush for toilets. This reduces the amount of wasted water you would get from a high-pressure flow.
Overall, introducing even simple practices can add up to reducing water waste in the business. However, Castle Water can help you save water as a way to cut costs in the long run and benefit the planet in the process.