A 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.