Many businesses don’t consider saving water as a priority, especially in areas of the world where water shortages aren’t such a problem yet, if predictions are anywhere close to the truth, water saving will become a priority.
Fresh water shortages are expected in the next 50 years and with the world’s population expected to reach 50 billion, that isn’t so surprising. For modern and industrial cities in the world to succeed and survive, water rates are going to have to increase to support the infrastructure with the final costs being passed to the end consumer and for businesses this can be costly.
Therefore it’s important to understand not only how your business can be affected through the water services you employ but also how a business can look at saving water in the business in the first place.
Let’s take a look at the simple steps that a business can use to save water in the workplace.
Commercial water audit
For businesses that use vast amounts of water, getting a commercial water audit can grossly help in reducing water usage. A commercial audit in particular helps provide detailed information on where a business can save money and show opportunities to save in areas where a business may not think they could save money.
Some companies provide audits to commercial customers for free, however in most cases a small fee may be applied to get one created.
Go Low Flow
Low-flow restrictors are used across different areas of business that require water saving measures. In particular a low flow faucet aerator can emit half a gallon less than standard faucets when used in break rooms or showers facilities. Older toilets for examples can use nearly 5 gallons of water per flush while newer, high-efficiency ones use only 2 gallons.
The restaurant industry for example would be wise to switch to the kinds of valves that use pre-rinse sprays that use 1.5 gallons of water per minute instead of 4 gallons for more standard valves.
Engage and inform employees
One of the easiest ways to save water in the workplace is naturally to tell employees how they can do it and create money saving habits in the workplace. Naturally you can’t enforce everything that comes to mind, but, what you can do is bring employees into the discussion at the start of the process of any initiative and get them understanding where money can be saved.
Start green initiatives in a business, send out regular emails and newsletters, get people signing up to eco newsletters and have regular meetings about general eco friendly solutions around the business.
Invest in the right technology
Using the right technology to save water can be costly at first, yet, prove to be the money saver that your business was searching for from the very beginning. Water-efficient modes and less-water-intensive alternatives are readily available features in water heating systems as well as tanks and other water systems available in the market.
Monitor non-essential water usage
Whilst you may be on a site with luscious green grass or have seasonal plants adorning windows, the cost to keep everything in a beautiful way can also bring a different kind of tear to your eye. Consider having less-water intensive plants and where possible reducing non essential water maintenance for grounds at your place of work.