Improving the water efficiency of your business could save you money, and reduce your impact on the environment. Significant savings of between 20 and 50 per cent can be achieved by investing in no- and low-cost water reduction practices and technologies, and by adopting a systematic approach to water reduction.
By using less water, organisations save money on water supply costs, wastewater disposal charges and many other associated costs, such as energy for heating or chemicals for water treatment.
While water costs may appear insignificant, the real cost of water supply and effluent disposal has risen by 40 per cent since 2002. The true cost is considerably higher than the basic charges for supplying water and discharging effluent. The ‘hidden costs’ for heating, pumping, maintenance, capital depreciation and chemical treatment should also be considered, as well as the value of lost materials in wastewater and the cost of staff.
Developing a water efficiency programme will help you to identify areas for continual improvement. Having a good understanding of your operations will also help you to identify opportunities to improve your use of energy and materials and achieve further environmental and economic benefits.
Using the guides, fact sheets and links provided will support your business in achieving resource efficiency.