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20Apr/15

Managing Water Usage: Sustainability Starts With You

When it comes to managing your business’s water usage the hard part is knowing where to start. Thankfully, there are businesses that can help you put a strategy in place that will help to reduce your water bills, meet reduction targets, grow your green credentials, and adapt sustainably to a world where water shortages are the norm. Here are some of the ways you can work with these businesses to reduce your bottom line now and survive in the future.

Water Audits

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Planning a water management strategy for the future requires knowledge of your past and present water usage. Historical water audits look outside the assumption that the only way to manage water is to reduce consumption. While consumption needs to be addressed, historical water audits look at billing anomalies, charges for fixed services and drainage, and trade effluent consents. The audit will also ensure you’re using the correct water meter while investigating the possibility of leaks or shared water supply. Problems can often be addressed immediately and solutions suggested to achieve maximum water efficiency. An impressive one in three businesses saves between 10-45% annually based on the results of their historical water audit.

Automated Meter Reading

This is a vital tool for effective water management and the savings can be impressive. Strategic points are located on-site and data loggers take meter readings, monitor water consumption and feed that information into an online water management system. This results in immediate leak detection and the identification of water usage anomalies. This information can then be broken down to identify anomalies and leaks by building, department, tenant, or time period. The ROI on an automated meter reading service is typically within 12 months and the positive impact on your water usage and bottom line can be remarkable.

Rainwater Harvesting

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Once historical and present data has been analysed, the next step is to find a future-proofed solution. Rainwater harvesting captures and filters rainwater, and redirects it toward numerous areas such as toilets, irrigation systems, and refrigeration units. When applied as part of a broader water management strategy, rainwater harvesting can reduce mains water consumption by up to 30% and save you up to 75% on potable water bills.

Greywater Recycling

For businesses such as hotels, large offices, and residential blocks, greywater recycling is a low energy, high performance option that can see you reduce water consumption by up to 40%. Greywater recycling filters and repurposes wastewater from baths and showers for use in areas such as irrigation systems and toilet flushing. ROI is often achieved in 2.5 years.