Thursday, 2 March 2017

Three steps to saving water in the workplace


It’s an established fact that we use far more water than the earth is able to provide for us. Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is available for human use (the majority being frozen, underground, or salt water), and yet each individual uses around 150 litres of water per day. With the earth’s population growing far quicker than is sustainable and global warming leading our rainfall to become increasingly erratic, it is everyone’s responsibility to cut water usage.

We spend around 109,980 hours of our lives at work, and therefore, this is where we fulfil most of our water usage. Indeed, industries and public institutions use over 25% of water used in most major cities. Today, we’re going to be discussing how to save water in your workplace.

1.       Spread the word

Spread the water saving word
Very few of us are wanton water wasters, the majority of the water we waste is done quite inadvertently. Thread water conservation into the fabric of your workplace culture by educating your employees and colleagues. You can do this by running water conservation workshops, implementing water usage reports, and by providing water targets for the company to aim for. You may consider electing a ‘water champion’, an individual in the workplace who is responsible for checking the water metres and monitoring the water usage during working hours.

2.       Adjust your facilities

Many of our workplace facilities use an excess amount of water, replacing these with more efficient products will not only save water, but also saves you money. Using a systematic approach to water conservation in the workplace can cut water usage by up to 30% (Envirowise).

Dripping tap
Cut the drips
Slowly dripping taps, alone, can waste 10,000 litres of water per year. Consider replacing your taps with level or mixer taps, such as the Billi tap, which reach a desired temperature quickly, meaning you do not have to run the tap for an extended period of time to heat the water.

Many of us believe that washing your dishes under the tap is more water efficient than using the dishwasher, but this is not always the case. Dishwasher brands such as Bosch, Miele, and Beko provide an impressive range of efficient, eco-friendly dishwashers, with features such as ‘half load’ and quick programmes to ensure you never use more water than is necessary.

I’m guessing most of you will have a busy modem room in your office or workplace, generally it is cramped, buzzing, and beeping. Investigate how your modem room is cooled, if it is water cooled, consider utilising air cooled equipment where possible.


3.       Change your habits

Washing up
Reduce your running water washes
There are many little steps we can take to contribute to big strides of water conservation. When you wash your office mugs, do you do so under running water? Fill a bowl instead, not only will this save you water, but it will also allow items to soak, so should be more time efficient too. Consider, also, whether items require washing. Reuse your water glass throughout the day, a coffee cup can be used multiple times in a day, when drinking black coffee, before it requires washing as it contains nothing more than coffee and water.

Water we use for industrial or agricultural purposes does not need to be drinking quality. Consider installing a rainwater butt on your premises. You can recycle this non-potable (the technical term for water that is not drinking quality) water for washing windows or outside surfaces, topping up your toilet cisterns, watering plants and grass, and even cleaning your cars.

Our final tip for saving water may not seem logical, but bear with us. It takes 200,000,000 litres of water per second to produce the world’s supply of food. You can help to reduce this water wastage by simply reducing your food wastage. Only prepare the food you know you and your colleagues will eat, aim to buy local food to cut down transport costs and energy usage, and recycle the food you would otherwise throw away. Plenty of towns and cities have food waste initiatives, in which companies can donate surplus food to a charity who will distribute it amongst individuals who are homeless.

Share your water saving tips with us

We are always on the lookout for more ways to save water here at The Water Cooler Today, if you have any water saving tips, or water tips in general, let us know in the comment section below, or tweet us at @water_today

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