Tag Archives: reducing water consumption

15May/14

Water Audit

Water AuditA water audit provides you with a full understanding of water use within your company. It enables effective management and maintenance of a sites water infrastructure, including the identification of any areas of inefficiency.
The main purpose of a water audit is to highlight the potential savings and how these can be achieved, whether it is through maintenance and repair of pipework, replacing older fixtures with more water efficient ones or locating supply abnormalities.

The audit will provide a complete insight into the use of water throughout the whole of the site. It combines an analysis of your water supply, including waste removal and effluent discharge, with the data provided from on-site observations. The process will identify where water use and costs can be reduced in order to help the business become more efficient and sustainable. The audit also enables the business to establish targets and goals. These targets are usually environmental but also include cost, consumption, customer perception through CSR and specific business related objectives.

The impact that the audit can have is invaluable as it provides the baseline on which the targets can be set and measured. A water audit has different stages and begins with a site survey where a technician with vast experience observes the processes currently in place and builds an understanding of where water is being used, areas of high consumption, where waste occurs and how savings can be made.

The data is then analysed to produce water consumption patterns which are benchmarked versus industry standards; this gives data to support the on-site audit findings. The next stage of the audit validates all charges levied by water companies from assessing meter capacity and accuracy, testing the integrity of supply and any historical charges. The analysis will show opportunities where cost savings can be made.

Following on from the audit, a strategy can be tailored to the needs of the business targeting areas of inefficiency. This allows investment to be deployed where it will have the most impact and provide for a quicker, more successful return on investment.

02May/14

The Many Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting Systems

rainwater harvesting systemsMore and more businesses are discovering the benefits of rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is an indispensable water saving tool in a climate where groundwater isn’t as plentiful as people might think. Water resources in the UK are in short supply, especially when factoring in changes in rainfall patterns and population growth. Through harvesting, rainwater is collected, commonly from large roof spaces and stored in underground tanks for use at a later time. This helps us to reduce our reliance on and consumption of mains water (the water that comes out of your tap).

 It is not a new practice for people to harvest rainwater in some way, yet the need to do so is becoming greater and greater. Climate change has contributed to increased exposure around rainwater harvesting systems and the benefits of their use. Various government and charitable authorities are also encouraging people and businesses to reduce their consumption of water, specifically mains water. Rainwater is also free from various pollutants, and although mains water has been treated, harvested rainwater is more than sufficient for various business uses such as toilet flushing, cleaning processes, irrigation, car washing and cooling water processes.

Expect Less Wastage

75% of the planet is made of water, yet much of this cannot be used for practical purposes. This means that there is a real shortage of water that we can use for various applications. The principles of rainwater harvesting are not complex. It is a system that collects, stores, filters and conveys rainwater; with the equipment required being easy to maintain.

Harvesting rainwater helps us to stop wasting drinkable mains water for applications that don’t need that level of purity. The process of harvesting rainwater can reduce mains water consumption by up to 50%, which has a huge impact on water bills.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

Businesses can run up sizeable bills and have an increased carbon and environmental impact when relying on mains water, which is one reason more and more companies are getting in touch with Waterscan for the provision of harvesting systems. The systems available from Waterscan are designed, built and installed to site requirements.

Waterscan has supplied equipment to offices, schools, hospitals and various other businesses, with the rainwater being used for an array of different purposes on these sites. Increasing workplace awareness of rainwater harvesting can also encourage staff – and students – to reduce their reliance on mains water.More and more homeowners and businesses are discovering rainwater harvesting.