Water is a vital commodity. According to the United Nations, almost half of the world’s workers are in water-related jobs, and of course everyone is dependent on water in some form. For this reason, the UN is holding World Water Day on 22nd March to highlight how water can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.
Businesses can do their bit to use water effectively, and here are some top tips from Anchor Pumps to help them do so effectively.
1: Fix Leaks
A leaking pipe or a dripping tap can waste a surprisingly large amount of water. Getting these things fixed quickly not only saves water but also saves your business money.
Making sure your pipes are properly insulated is important too. This helps prevent cold water pipes from freezing, but also ensures that hot water stays hot on its way to the tap, so you’re not wasting energy.
3: Efficient Cleaning
Using a hosepipe for cleaning can waste a lot of water. Consider cleaning outside areas using a broom and bucket, or washing vehicles with a bucket and sponge rather than using a hose. Not only will you save water, but the extra exercise will be good for you too.
3: Turn It Off
Make sure you turn off taps when you’ve finished using them. In washrooms or kitchens, where there is frequent use, consider fitting percussive head taps that turn themselves off. Poor flow rates will lead to people leaving taps open for longer. Fitting booster pumps can improve the flow so people will ultimately use less.
4: Collect Rainwater
If you have a garden area or hanging baskets to water, collecting rainwater will allow you to do so without wasting clean tap water. Fitting a water butt to allow you to collect water from your roof via a down pipe is cheap and easy to do.
5: Save on Flushes
Modern flush systems use less water – often via two-stage systems that can provide a shorter eco-flush. Fitting more efficient flush toilets or improved urinal controls can produce large savings in the amount of water that you use.
6: Take Showers
Taking a shower uses less water than having a bath. If you provide washing facilities for your staff at work, it’s likely that you’ll have showers anyway. However, boosting the pressure with a shower pump will make them more effective, so people are likely to spend less time under them.
It’s worth making your employees aware of the importance of managing water usage. Even simple things like turning off taps can make a big difference. You could set water usage targets for the business and measure the savings month by month.
8: Know Your System
Make sure you understand your system – where stop valves are located, where to access central heating pumps and where drains run. This will allow you to respond promptly in the event of a problem to minimise water wastage.
Look at where you can recycle water within the business. Find out where wastewater is going and see if it can be used elsewhere. If you have a problem with flooding on part of your site, keep a submersible pump handy so you can deal with the problem quickly and avoid costly damage.