How much water does your business use?
All businesses use water, even if it’s only for the staff kitchen and for flushing toilets.
The ecoBiz experts have put together six tips to get you thinking about water in your workplace.
Knowing the appliances that are using water will help you identify where you can start making savings in your business.
Easy, low-cost strategies
Taps and hoses: Ensure you turn off taps and hoses quickly and properly.
Putting trigger mechanisms on all hoses makes them easier to turn off quickly.
Plumbing and equipment: Carry out regular inspections for water leaks in taps, toilets and hoses, and repair any leaks promptly.
You might like to consider installing sub-meters on different parts of your system to allow you to track and manage leaks more easily.A leaking tap can waste up to 2,000 litres of water a month.
Do a leak audit: Record your water meter reading during a shutdown period such as a weekend or overnight - e.g.
last thing on Friday and first thing on Monday.
If the meter indicates the same numbers, then you don’t have a leak.
Make sure all water sources are shut off for the period and remember cleaners often work at night.
Consider asking the cleaner to read the meter if necessary.
Get water-efficient taps: A standard running tap releases approximately five litres of water each minute.
Installing aerators can reduce this to around one litre.
You might also be able to install elbow-action or sensor-activated taps, so they're easy to turn off while people are soaping their hands.
Speak to your plumber for more advice.
Install rainwater tanks: You may be able to install rainwater tanks to supply water for purposes such as toilet-flushing, washdown and watering your landscaped areas.
Speak to your local council or service provider about what's permitted.
Recycle greywater: Water that's already been used for washing and cleaning is known as greywater.
Some greywater can be treated and re-used for toilet flushing and other approved purposes.
Greywater treatment systems generally include a holding tank and filtration system, and come in a range of prices and sizes.
Again, speak to your local council or service provider about what's allowed on your property.
For more FAQs see our fact sheet to start reducing water use in your business and save.