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Reducing water use

The real cost of water supply and effluent (waste) disposal has risen by 40 per cent since 2002. Water costs your business twice – once for provision and again for disposal. Reducing the amount of water your business uses will save you money in supply charges and effluent disposal bills, and could also help you save on energy costs for heating or chemicals for water treatment.

Adopting a systematic approach to water reduction can typically result in around 30 per cent water savings if no measures have previously been implemented – for more information see WRAP.

Below are some simple steps you can take to help save water. 
In an office environment, typical major uses of water in include urinal and WC flushing, canteen water use, and cleaning. It is these areas of water use when the largest water savings can be achieved. The following table identifies savings that can be achieved by implementing water reduction initiatives. 

Typical achievable reductions in water use at commercial and industrial sites

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