Saving Water in Business and Industry
Being waterwise is good for your business. All commercial organisations use water, but how many know exactly how much of this precious resource they are using? Predictions are that in Suffolk the summers will be getting hotter and dryer. The East of England is the driest part of the country and water is a valuable resource.
If you are a manufacturing industry then water bills could be costing your company over 1% of business turnover. If you are in the retail, hospitality or service sector you could save up to 50% of your water bill. Even if your water use is only for the offices you occupy, there are ways to save water with pay back periods measured in months!
What Can You do as a Business?
The first thing you need to do if you want to save water is to work out how much you use. Conduct a water audit and produce a water management plan that will deliver savings and help the environment. Suffolk Climate Change Partnership's free Environmental Business Adviser can help you address the issue of water conservation.
How Much Water can I Save?
You might expect to save an average of 40% of your water use by making simple, low cost changes to toilets, showers, urinals etc. To find out more about how to make these savings, see the Environment Agency for many helpful tips and a list of suppliers who will be able to help you.
Potential savings at industrial sites are harder to estimate as they are process specific, but they can be as high as 90%! The table below shows the average that you can expect to save for different types of efficiency measures.
|Efficiency Measure||Percentage of Water Saved|
|Closed loop recycle||90%|
|Closed loop recycle with treatment||60%|
|Automatic shut off||15%|
|Spray /Jet upgrades||20%|
|Re-use of wash water||50%|
|Cooling tower heat load reduction||Variable|