Water is one of the most precious resources, and the business industry uses a great deal of water in its everyday uses. It has become an increasing concern for scientists as water shortage seems inevitable in the future; as a result, water rates continue to rise.
However, water business rates might be slightly lower than domestic water rates; it is true that businesses should add water conservation as their sustainability motive. There are many ways businesses can reduce their water usage.
1. Get professional help
Many companies that use large amounts of water, like manufacturing businesses, should get professional help in reducing their water usage.
They can help examine the amount of water a business uses and provide information on how the business can effectively reduce water consumption without slowing business activity. This can help you reduce water usage and save money.
2. Replace Equipment
The equipment that most businesses use consumes a lot of water which ultimately leads to water being wasted. However, there are alternatives to these types of equipment that consume less water; for example, you can use low-flow fixtures in all bathrooms and kitchens. These low-flow shower heads, taps, and toilets are a great way to save water.
3. Fix any leaks and other measures
One problem with very old equipment is that it may cause leaks. Fix any leaking taps; a small leak can cause 1000s of liters of wasted water. Check for any leaks in toilets and get them fixed, and avoid unnecessary flushing by installing water-efficient toilets.
Any leaks in the shower should be fixed, and employees should be instructed to limit their use of the shower to just a few minutes. Being cautious while using water can help you save a lot of money.
4. Reduce lawn water usage
Lawns might require a lot of water to maintain and keep the grass looking fresh. This leaves gallons of water being used to maintain the lawn every day. This excess water usage can be controlled by planting less water-intensive alternatives and using drought-tolerant plants.
Moreover, install a rainwater tank to collect the excess water and recycle it. Watering the plants in the morning or later in the evening when the business activity has slowed down can help save some water.
5. Educate the staff
After making sure you take preventative measures to conserve water, the only thing else you can do to ensure that water is not wasted is to educate your staff. Instruct your staff on why they need to preserve water.
Teach them techniques that will help them reduce water usage and include water-saving policies by establishing a baseline for water consumption and providing them with regular reports of water usage figures.
Get all your staff involved by asking for their opinion and ideas on how to save water, as all of them use water during their duties. This will help them readily participate in your business’s green efforts.
Thus, it is true that not many businesses have controlling water wastage as a part of their sustainability motive, but it will not only save you money but also help the environment, which can greatly help your business. Taking these initiatives might cost you a little, but their long-term benefits will surely make all this work worth it.