When you save water you save money on your bills, as well as lowering your water footprint. We have the following list of suggestions to help your business to save water.
1. Monitor your water use:
- Check your bills for unusually high use.
- If you can access your water meter, check it regularly to help discover leaks.
- Regularly check remotely located buildings and pipework so that leaks don’t go unnoticed.
- Anglian Water Business can install smart meters, providing continuous graphical consumption information to help you to better understand your water use.
- Compare your water use with other businesses in the same industry.
- If you have multiple sites then compare their water usage to identify best practice for water minimisation.
3. Check for leaks:
- Check for underground pipe leaks and leaks from internal plumbing, outdoor taps, sprinklers and hoses. For advice on how to detect a leak, see our 'How to' guide.
- Consider installing automatic leak detectors to turn off the water supply when the device notices unusual water consumption.
4. Reduce water use for toilet flushing:
- Older cisterns may use up to 13 litres of water for every flush, compared to flush volumes of 6 litres or less for new models. Reduce the amount of water used for each toilet flush by inserting displacement devices in the cistern. For advice on to how to fit a displacement device see our 'How to' guide. Alternatively, old style single-flush toilets can be replaced with more water-efficient models.
- Where dual-flush cisterns are installed, place a clearly visible notice to explain how to operate both flushes to prevent incorrect operation and wastage.
- New toilets may have overflows or leaks that discharge directly into the pan which may not be noticed or reported. Identify toilets with internal overflows and regularly check for discharge.
5. Reduce water use for urinal flushing: Urinals can use considerably less water than flushing toilets, so install adequate numbers in all male toilet areas. Ensure urinals are running economically. For advice on how to carry out urinal flow reduction, see our 'How to' guide.
6. Reduce water use from taps:
- Fix any leaking taps – a dripping tap can waste 5,000 litres a year, while a replacement tap washer only costs a few pence.
- Fit water-saving aerators on taps or self-closing push taps and hoses.
- Reduce the flow of water from taps; in-line servicing valves with flow restriction reduce wastage and make maintenance easier.
7. Reduce the flow of water from any on-site showers: If a shower fills an 8-litre bucket in less than 40 seconds, you could benefit from replacing the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
8. Make washing more efficient:
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
- If you have to do a wash, match the programme to the size of the load.
- If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing – newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
- If your dishwasher is old, check it doesn’t leak.
9. Make processes more efficient: Optimise your cooling systems and water softeners to save both water and chemicals.
10. Consider reusing process water: If you use large amounts of water in a commercial process, our technical advice service may help you to become more efficient and can advise on water reuse.
11. Know where your stop tap is located: Put a sign up so others can identify it. This could save water and prevent damage to your premises in the event of a burst pipe.
12. Reduce watering of gardens and grounds:
- Choose plants that don’t need much watering.
- Use water saving products such as water retention granules.
- Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case it malfunctions or you get an unexpected rain.
13. Buy water-efficient equipment:
- Specify low water consumption requirements for any new appliances, fittings or processes.
- High pressure spray jetters can use less water than conventional hoses as they use pressure instead of a large volume of water to clean.
- Some vacuum pumps require water for lubrication and flushing, consider installing alternative pumps.
14. Insulate pipes:
- Protect against cold weather-related bursts by insulating pipes.
- Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot water at the tap and for water and energy savings.
15. Create plans to reduce water use and review once a year:
- Educate all staff on water efficiency initiatives and get support from management.
- Look at how to incorporate initiatives into your wider environmental policy.