It’s strange when you think about it: that 70% of the earth is covered with water but there are millions of people who don’t have clean drinking water to survive. World Water Day on March 22 reminds us all that there is something we can do to help.
As part of our commitment to helping to protect the earth, we’ve put together a short list of easy things that we can all do to save water at work. For us, it’s a no-brainer. Saving water at work will not only protect the earth, but it will save businesses money too. Which of these ideas could you implement at your facility?
- Put a water-saving tip in your employee newsletter – Including a water tip will only take a couple of seconds. If ten of your employees adopt a water-saving strategy, you can have a huge impact.
- Perform a water usage audit of your facility – This might be something you can ask your water utility or maintenance team to do to see where you might be able to reduce water usage. If your company is relatively small, you can do an audit yourself in just a few minutes.
- Water saving aerators – Small inexpensive aerators can decrease water flow while still allowing the water to be used effectively. They take only seconds each to replace and can save litres of water.
- Urinal controls – Install urinal controls can save thousands of litres of water a year. It is very inexpensive to put in controls and they will pay for themselves in no time.
- Order freebies from your water provider – Many water utilities offer freebies such as aerators and replacement faucets washers that can be fitted and forgotten. This is a great way to have an impact.
- Use water butts for rainwater – Water-butts will collect water from the roof that you can use to water your grounds. The grass will thank you for untreated water. Your water bill will shrink. Your land will be less likely to flood or erode. That’s a win-win-win.
- Check for leaks – Check your water meters at night when no one is in the building. If the meter is tracking water usage, you have a leak. That means you are paying for water no one is actually using.
- Recycle grey water – Many businesses use water that they can easily recycle. Work with your water provider to see what you can do to reuse water that is safe and already paid for.
- Install water efficient equipment – From toilets to dishwashers, looking for water efficient devices is good business and good for the planet.
- Talk to everyone – Talk to your employees and suppliers about ways that you can work together to reduce water consumption. You might find that bringing awareness to the issue will reduce your overall consumption.
Most of the trick to reducing water usage in your business is to simply think about it. Again, less water wasted is less water paid for; that’s good business.
Click here to find out how to get involved with World Water Day.
If you have other ideas or would like some assistance reducing your water usage, please feel free to contact us.