Let your teams know you're on a mission to save water. Share our posters, have an introductory chat, a suggestion box and increase awareness about using water wisely.
Appoint a meter champion
Start monitoring your water usage. Pick a meter champion, ask them to read the meter weekly or monthly. A sharp increase may highlight a leak.
Let your teams know how important it is to report leaks. Tell them who to report it to. Why not set water usage targets and encourage all staff members to get on board?
Store jugs of water in the fridge instead of running the tap, or use a water cooler.
Feed the dishwasher
Use a dishwasher or dip into a bowl of hot water to wash up. Don't leave taps running to wash individual mugs or plates.
Turn taps off
Don't leave taps running constantly for vegetable washing, rinsing or defrosting.
Super efficient showers
Installing aerating shower heads can reduce the flow by 50%, while timers encourage staff to take shorter showers.
Choose shrubs that love dry conditions and try to water plants early morning or evening to reduce consumption.
Tips to help you manage and monitor water in the workplace
Tips to help you reduce water, save energy and reduce costs
Tell-tale signs to help you spot a leak
- Damp patches in or outside the property
- Lush vegetation in dry periods may be indications of leaking pipes
- Leaking overflow systems
If you have a water meter, use it to check for leaks!
- Turn off all taps
- Find your water meter and take a reading (including the red digits)
- Do not use any water for a length of time (e.g. overnight)
- Read the meter again
If the second reading is higher than the first there may be a leak.
Many businesses now have smart technology that allows them to monitor and get data on water usage at regular intervals. This can help identify abnormal or unusual usage such as a leak. Regular monitoring means any such anomalies can be quickly investigated.
Free Save a flush cistern bags
To help businesses in our region reduce water use at their offices and other premises Yorkshire Water is offering free Save a Flush cistern bags. Simply drop a Save a Flush in each toilet cistern* and reduce your cistern by 1.2 litres, saving this much water with every flush.
*Please note: Save-a-Flush bags are not suitable for dual flush toilets, or for cisterns with a capacity of less than 7 litres. If you install a Yorkshire Water Save a Flush bag and find you have to flush the toilet more than once, please remove the bag from the cistern as you may already have a low flush toilet.
If your business is based in the Yorkshire region, and you would like to request some Save a Flush bags, please contact your Water Retailer and let them know how many you would like.
Retailers, when you receive a request please submit an F4 form so that our Wholesale Service Desk can get this processed.
Your staff can also fit water saving devices in their homes by ordering a free water saving pack.
Please ask any employees, who are Yorkshire Water customers, to order a pack through our website or we can provide you with water saving leaflets including a freepost returns coupon for you to distribute to your employees to order a pack for their home.