Helping to save water is becoming an increasingly crucial aspect of our daily lives. According to the UN, “water is the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change.”1
The majority of us are surrounded by water. Around 70% of the earth is covered by water, but only 3% of this water is drinkable.2 Concerningly, only 1% of the the earth’s water is accessible to us; the other 2% is either locked in ice caps or too remote to practically reach.3 When considering the UK, London is drier than Istanbul, and the South East of England actually has “less water available per person than some African countries”.4
It is estimated that the UK as a whole uses an incredible 14 billion litres of water per day. This number grows each year and it is expected that the UK’s water usage per day will increase by 3.6 billion litres of water come 2050. This continual rise requires more access to water, but currently we are extracting less water each year. Now really is the time to reduce our water usage and in turn our environmental impact.
The need to collectively reduce our water usage is clear, but how else can you benefit from conserving water in your business and at home?
Why should you save water?
The cost of living crisis, pressures on energy bills and a UK recession predicted at the end of 2022 has brought lots of attention to economising where possible.
The cost of your water bill comes down to how much water you use. Having effective water management devices in place can help to lower water consumption and reduce your utility bills. These savings can make a real difference in the long run, especially if your business uses water during production or during cleaning processes.
As mentioned before, helping to conserve water can help to protect our limited water resources. Reducing our water usage can also help to reduce pollution, protect wildlife habitats and conserve fuel resources, helping to maintain a sustainable planet.
How to save water in everyday life
Water’s Worth Saving recommends the following:
- Take shorter showers
- Only use the dishwasher when full
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
- Use water twice in the kitchen where possible, for example using a bowl or jug to collect the water when rinsing vegetables
- Use your dual flush.
These are just some of the ways to significantly reduce your daily water consumption and improve our sustainability relationship with water.
What can you do to make your washroom more water-friendly?
It is easy to say we need to use less water in our homes, but what can we actually do about it in our business and public washrooms?
Water is wasted on a large scale by unmanaged urinals. According to Water2Business, automatic, scheduled flushing of urinals could lead to 76% of flushing occuring when the building is unoccupied. Initial’s PIR Water Manager minimises water wastage by managing your urinals to flush only when in use. The water savings achieved ensure that this product quickly provides a return on investment, helping you conform to water regulations and providing ongoing savings to your business.