Professional Water Management Can Save You Thousands

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Published: 19th December 2012
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With utilities constantly on the rise, organisations large and small are making great effort to review activities in a bid to cut costs. Changing suppliers and adjusting your businessí activities can make considerable reductions to your energy bills but itís not widely known that nearly 75% of all commercial water charges are wrong! Most companies only recognise there is an issue when there is a sudden rise in their water bill with no apparent explanation. Some businesses have decided that the time is right to bring in a water management company to review water bills, water efficiency and to check their systems for water leakage.

With climate change affecting rainfall patterns and populations rising, governments are encouraging the conservation of water. Public and private sectors can make financial gains at the same time as saving the environment. The positive environmental impact from reducing water usage is an additional benefit when sustainability is high on the agenda of businesses today. Not only will you gain positive PR, you will be increasing your organisationís green credentials and ensuring you are in line with current and future government legislation. Looking at ways of cutting utility bills has become part of financial planning as well as a key part of their environmental policy.

A professional water audit company will offer a free appraisal to see if you are being over charged. As no cost will be incurred if no anomalies are found, there is nothing to lose and of course you stand to make consider able savings if there is an issue. Where there are inconsistencies, a team of surveyors will audit and analyse your past and present bills to review the tariff structures that are in place. They will also check things such as the flow rate into your building and look for any internal problems from running taps to underground leaks.

A water audit company can also advise on water efficiency. Simple cost effective steps can help reduce consumption by around 30%. Creating a company water policy document is a good way of communicating your plans and will help them understand and commit to reducing water usage. Considering a dripping tap can waste round 5500 litres a day, several dripping taps within one organisation could result in the loss of thousands of litres a day, money literally draining down the sink. Assigning a water monitor to be responsible for checking dripping or running taps and leaking pipes will ensure problems are highlighted and dealt with swiftly saving disruption from water damage. Some industries could benefit from recording how they use water over a certain period of time to help them understand their demands and usage. This would highlight where changes to become more water efficient could be made.

If further investment is possible then a rain water harvesting system could be the answer. Sustainability standards like BREAM encourage the use of recycled non-wholesome water for flushing loos and urinals as well as any appropriate external use in a bid to conserve mains water usage. Rain water harvesting systems are being integrated into new building projects within the commercial and public sectors, from schools and colleges to hospitals and shopping centres. Installing systems during the construction stage is the cost effective option, however, most buildings can be adapted to house the water tank and additional plumbing. After an initial investment, the rain water harvesting system will continue to pay for itself on an annual basis with continued savings to water bills and protection from future rises in water charges. Saving money at the same time as saving the environment is the perfect way to lower your carbon footprint.

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