Water saving habits and water conservation systems such as rain water tanks, are not only for home but should be embraced at work too. Many businesses have buildings with huge roof surface areas, ideal for harvesting rainwater. A number of large water tanks – 10000 litre tanks, 15000 litre tanks or even 20000 litre tanks can be installed to ensure the maximum amount of rainwater if harvested and stored for late use. Here are 9 tips to save water at work although there are many more!
You can save large amounts of water at work, not all are costly – and you may only need to change people’s habits.
These top tips will help get you started:
1. Install cistern displacement devices in all your toilets
Depending on the size of the cistern, these devices can save one to two litres each time the toilet is flushed.
2. Repair dripping taps
Fixing these leaks could save as much as 20 to 60 litres of water a day. In most instances all that is required is an inexpensive new washer or valve.
3. Fit water butts or rain water tanks to collect rainwater for watering your grounds
If possible, you should try and plant with low-maintenance, drought resistant plants to reduce the cost of landscape maintenance.
Harvesting rainwater will save you money on your water bill, plants will prefer non-treated water, and you will reduce surface water flood risks by collecting water from the roof and directing it to water tanks.
4. Install urinal controls
On average, an unmanaged urinal cistern flushes four times an hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, using 315 m³ of water. Reducing the flush frequency and preventing flushing out-of-hours can reduce this to 36 m³, and will save you money on your bills.
5. Make plugs available in all wash-hand basins and sinks to reduce unnecessary running of taps
6. Invest to save
Build life cycle costs into your business’s procurement procedure. Although it is more expensive to buy water efficient equipment at first, it can reduce operating costs, and you will benefit from short payback periods.
7. Measure and monitor the amount of water you use
Read you meter to monitor your water use so you can identify any unusual patterns.
8. Make your staff aware of how they can save water
Run a water campaign and put up posters or stickers around your workplace and ensure everyone knows how to report water related issues such as dripping taps. You could also designate a member of staff or a team to champion the work you’re doing to save water. More information on this can be found in the ‘Steps to Sustainable Water use’ pack above.
9. Maintain your water efficient technologies
Incorporate water efficiency into your maintenance programme to ensure you maximise the benefits of water efficient technology.
Source: Thames Water
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