Did you know: the water industry loses over 3 billion litres of water day in England and Wales? And, while some of this comes down to faults in the water distribution network, a significant proportion of leaked water is from within our own properties.
Given today (22 March) marks World Water Day and water leaks are our area of expertise here at Waterguard, we wanted to take a look at some of the ways you can waste less water within your organisation – in order to create a sustainable supply for generations to come.
While many of us are well-versed in how to save water at home, when it comes to the office – it can often be a very different story.
And, when employees aren’t footing the bill, it can prove a little harder to instil initiatives. But once adopted, these can help organisations to demonstrate sustainability and achieve industry-recognised certifications too. Here are five ways to get started…
Get employee buy-in
The first – and often biggest – hurdle is getting your colleagues on board. Greater awareness of the importance of saving water is central to fostering a culture which sees employees taking pride in reducing their usage. You might need to think outside the box here but involving the team in early discussions around your plans will be key.
Make it simple
When everyone is frantic with getting through their workload, the last thing they want to do is monitor how many seconds they are running the tap for. But, empowering staff to report dripping taps or constantly-flowing cisterns to facilities managers is one huge step in the right direction.
If you’re alerted when the hot water starts to take an age to come through, or a toilet is flowing continuously, it’s possible to nip potential headaches ‘in the bud’ before they manifest into a much bigger issue.
Revisit the kitchen
The staff canteen can be where a lot of your water-saving goes down the drain – quite literally. Whether you rely on a heavily-stacked dishwasher or sink with bubbles, this is where you should focus your attention. Consider installing a push tap if your colleagues do their own washing up – or set a time where the dishwasher will be turned on each day, making sure it’s on the most eco-friendly setting.
If your office is anything like ours, the kettle will be on hourly. Simple things such as only boiling what you need, or installing a hot water tap/dispenser, will also make a huge difference to your annual consumption.
Perform regular maintenance
It may sound obvious, but a regular inspection schedule – carried out by a qualified professional – is crucial. Not only will they ensure everything is ticking along nicely, and fix any potential problems, but they will often be able to make suggestions around best-practice too.
Ensuring your taps and pipes are free from limescale and any other build-up — as well as examining all toilet cisterns for any red flags — will pay off in the long run.
Look for any leaks
Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week – yet, an inexpensive washer is usually enough to stop them. A very simple way to check is by making a note of your meter reading before shutting up shop for the weekend, and checking once again first thing on Monday morning. If the figures have changed, further investigation may be necessary.
To give you complete peace of mind, you might consider investing in a Waterguard leak detection system. This can not only pinpoint the exact location of any leaks but will also shut off water supply in the case of a serious breach.