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22Jun/15

Rainwater Harvesting: Harnessing Nature for a Sustainable Future

If peak oil was the cry of environmentalists throughout the 2000s, peak water will become the cry of the last half of the 2010s. While it seems unthinkable that Britain could run out of water, the fact is that much of what is produced in the UK requires inordinate amounts of it. However, it’s not only industry that’s diminishing Britain’s water supply. Global warming is also having an impact, as is the population boom. With Britain’s crop production and agricultural economy facing the potential of catastrophic failure, the time is now for businesses to seek sustainable water solutions. This is where rainwater harvesting comes in.

How Rainwater Harvesting Works rainwater harvesting

Incredibly, the process of rainwater harvesting is so simple, it’s amazing Britain hasn’t been doing so for decades. Rain collects on the roof, travels down a pipe, and passes through a filter. This filter ensures no large particles of debris make it to the central part of the tank. Once filtered, the clean water enters an inlet where the flow is calmed to prevent further debris from being distributed. As the tank fills, a floating extraction system pumps the cleanest filtered water back into your building for non-potable use.

Conserving Energy in Multiple Ways

One of the most impressive features of a high quality rainwater harvesting system is that it costs very little to run. The best systems operate a dual pump, generating 20% less energy than inferior rainwater harvesting systems. At the same time, your rainwater harvesting system can save your business up to 75% on its potable water bills, if employed as part of an overall water management project. Mains water consumption may also be reduced by up to 30%.

Intelligent Monitoring

It’s nice to see how much water and money you’re saving while you’re looking after the planet, and rainwater harvesting systems come complete with a remote monitoring system. This means you can check your water consumption at any time and pay attention to any sudden spikes in water usage. You’ll also be the first to know if there is a fault with your rainwater harvesting system, as it comes with alarms that will alert you if any part of the system fails or even if it needs a clean. In any case, you’ll never run out of water as your rainwater harvesting system will automatically switch to your mains supply if the water level gets too low. In essence you’ll be guaranteed good quality water without fail.

Eco-Friendly on the Outsiderainwater harvesting

Impressively, it’s not only the internal working of the best rainwater harvesting systems that are kind to the environment, but their cladding and installation. The tanks are steel reinforced and custom-built for each installation. This makes them chemical resistant and extremely durable. Rotatable drainage turrets and ducting connections keep weight light, allowing for quick and easy installation. This results in a tank that requires 25 times less concrete than standard tanks, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint from the outset.

Looking After Your Wallet While Looking After the Environmentrainwater harvesting

If you think looking after the environment comes at a price, you’ll be surprised at how profitable your rainwater harvesting system will become. Purchasing a WaterManager rainwater harvesting system from Waterscan will immediately entitle you to Enhanced Capital Allowances through DEFRA. Combine these tax breaks with the reduction in water bills mentioned above, and wrap these up with an impressive ROI on the system itself, and you’ll be looking after the planet while you laugh your way to the bank.

As Britain heads toward a future defined by water shortages, it’s the businesses that become sustainable now that will benefit in the future. A rainwater harvesting system is simple, efficient, financially prudent, and futureproofed. It’s highly likely more companies will be using them as time goes on. Getting in on the ground floor would be a very wise move indeed.

20May/15

Modern Water Management Systems

As the planet gets drier, and water becomes precious, it’s nice to know there are enterprising, ecologically aware businesses offering the latest in greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting systems. Water sustainability is something everybody will need to look into sooner or later, so there’s no better time than now to familiarise yourself with how these systems work.

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How Much Water Is Your Business Wasting?

Before looking at water management systems, it’s best to look at your current water management. Start with a professional water audit, whereby qualified technicians will inform you of how much water you’re using and where it is being discharged. You may have a leak you’re unaware of, faulty equipment, or unjustified water expenses from your supplier. Even if you have none of these things, you can still save a lot of money with a water management system.

Do You Have A Water Strategy?

All good businesses have Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets, but many are unsure how to add water management to the equation. A good water strategy should assess financial, operational, reputational, and regulatory risks and

offer water management solutions to suit. There are some practical tools that can be implemented, and experts who know how to use them. If you’re conducting a review of your CSR targets, you’re doing your business a disservice by not looking at water management.

Could You Need a Rainwater Harvesting System?

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This naturally depends on the nature of your business, but with potential savings of 75% on potable water bills and opportunities to reduce mains water consumption by 30%, it’s worth thinking about. Rainwater harvesting systems take rainwater from the roof of you

r building, filter it, house it in storage tanks, and redirect it for uses such as flushing toilets, running cooling systems, irrigating land, and num

erous other solutions. The storage tanks require less concrete upon installation, are largely self-cleaning, use very little energy, and offer a speedy return on investment (ROI).

Could You Need a Greywater Recycling System?

If you run a large complex such as a hotel, leisure centre, office building, or residential block the answer is probably yes. These systems reduce mains water consumption by as much as 40%, while only costing £0.24 to run per m³. As well as incorporating rainwater harvesting system, greywater recycling systems takes water from showers and baths. This water is subject to natural aeration and a membrane to remove biodegradable particles, before the clean, green water is repurposed for laundry facilities, toilets, and similar applications. The entire system can be managed remotely and ROI can be achieved in 2.5 years.

04May/15

Versatile Greywater Recycling Systems

We may be the blue planet, but according to the UN we’re running out of fresh water quickly. The average Briton uses 3,400 litres of water every day, and most of this comes from commercial enterprises. When global fresh water runs out, Britain will need to rethink the way it uses water, mostly because we will need to make up for the 40% of food we import. Wise businesses are addressing the problem now with rainwater recycling and greywater recycling systems. Let’s take a closer look at how greywater recycling works.

Businesses That Benefit From Greywater Recycling

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In a nutshell, greywater recycling uses water that is flushed from basins, baths and showers for purposes such as irrigating gardens, doing laundry, and flushing toilets. This makes greywater recycling the perfect solution for hotels, leisure centres, large residential blocks, and office buildings. Simply put, if you have a building where a lot of people gather, greywater recycling is the solution for you. Given that you’ll save up to 40% on water consumption, you’ll not only be helping the planet but saving a lot of money.

How the System Works

Water flows from your building’s showers and baths into an aeration tank. The aeration of the water helps biodegradable particles cleanse naturally, before the water is transferred into a filtration tank. This tank contains an ultra-filtration membrane that removes any remaining particles, and the freshly filtered water then travels to a clear water holding tank. A pump then sends this water onto its final destination via a water management system. Better still, the system is chemical free and self-cleaning.

How Your Business Benefits

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Apart from an impressive ROI of up to 2.5 years, greywater recycling is energy efficient in itself at 1.5kWh per m³. These financial savings are added to the goodwill generated amongst a public who are more environmentally conscious than ever before. When combined, these factors can add a lot to your bottom line. Don’t forget you can also claim 100% back on your first year capital allowances simply by investing in a greywater recycling system.

Easy Monitoring

Chances are you’re busy enough without needing to worry about your greywater recycling system. Thankfully, the system is monitored and so you can compare data on the volumes of greywater and mains water you’re using. Cost benefits are also monitored, including factors such as system performance.

To find our more about our greywater recycling systems, contact Waterscan today.