Water is becoming an expensive resource with plenty of additional charges; from supply to sewerage and drainage. In a tough economic environment, efficiency gains need to be made at every stage to ensure your business thrives.
Why be Water Efficient?
- Lower costs by reducing water usage and indirectly on your energy bill
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Lower wastage and trade effluent
Pulse will completely review your water usage, finding out exactly where there may be excessive water usage. Whether it’s as a result of over-consumption or from leakages and faults in the system, we can advise and provide solutions. We can help provide a number of water recycling procedures to help reap the benefits of efficiency!
As water prices rise so does the need to become environmentally friendly in the business world. With rainwater harvesting, rainwater is gathered from roofs and hard standings to use for toilet flushing, washing and irrigation, making it a very cost-effective way to lower usage and environmental damage. The type of system that you install varies with the needs of your business such as roof area, storage tank capacity and header tank.
This system can reduce water usage by up to 80% whilst paying for itself within 3-5 years through water bill savings. Under the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme, investments on rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling can be 100% exempt from tax, further improving savings.
Greywater is the used water from baths, showers and water basins which can all be treated and reused to provide water for flushing toilets and irrigating gardens. This is an extremely effective method of saving water however it is an expensive system to install so it isn’t suitable for every business.
Nonetheless, some suppliers promise a reduction of as much as 40% of your water consumption with an increasing return on investment of the greywater system.
Combinations of greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting are also available which will not rely solely on rainwater nor will it need to filter the recycled water.
The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 Report, listed water scarcity as a major global risk. As such, companies are under public scrutiny with pressure to lower their water footprint. Mismanagement of water can prove costly by affecting credibility, brand and even credit ratings.
A water footprint report informs the company of when and how water is being used and is comprised of two components. Direct water footprint is the usage for the operations of a business will the indirect aspect is the water usage from inputs and products involved in operations. This can aid in reducing your business’s water footprint and with mandatory water footprinting audits being anticipated in the future, you can be one step ahead.
Pulse’s Top 4 Water Saving Tips
- Identify leaks – Simply keeping an eye out for leaking taps or toilets and getting them fixed can save thousands of litres of water per year.
- Awareness – Educating staff on basic water saving techniques such as closing taps and encouraging them to be water efficient can save water at work
- Water-efficient equipment – There a number of water saving devices that can be installed with ease and at low cost that reduce wastage in toilets and taps. Under the ECA, these investments can also be tax free.
- Install water meters – Although a given for most businesses, it is not worth having a site unmetered as it gives you very little control over your water costs and usage.