Water efficiency advice
Whatever your business, small changes to how you use water in the workplace can make a big difference to help us to keep the water flowing this summer.
Here’s some great water saving tips for business customers.
Introduce water saving information, employee suggestions scheme or arrange a water efficiency session to increase awareness of the importance of using water wisely.
Use a dishwasher instead of washing up plates and mugs separately – and make sure it is full before switching it on.
If washing by hand run a bowl of water rather than let it run to waste down the plug
A water cooler will give employees direct access to cold water rather than having to run a tap, or keep jugs/refillable bottles of cold water in the fridge
Taps - A dripping tap can waste a lot of water. It’s often just a simple washer which will cost pennies to change but save you £’s.
Urinal flushing - Uncontrolled urinals can waste hundreds of litres per hour. If you are replacing outdated equipment, using a control device can reduce water consumption by 70% by ensuring that flushing stops when the premises are not in use. Waterless urinals are also available.
Toilet flushing - Older toilets can use up to 13 litres per flush. If you have an older cistern, try a water saving device such as a “Hippo” or a “Save-a-Flush” bag. This will save between one litre and three litres per flush. You can also convert many syphons to dual flush.
Leaking toilets – Modern dual flush (button operated) toilets can leak due to sticky buttons or passing valves. This can waste over 250 litres an hour. Check all toilets for leaks – you can usually see a trickle of water running down the back of the pan.
Showers – Modern, efficient showerheads can help reduce water use by up to 50% and shower timers help remind people to take shorter showers
Large quantities of water can be wasted on grounds maintenance particularly during the summer months.
Hosepipes and sprinklers – These can use 1000 litres per hour so keep landscape irrigation watering to a minimum. Grass is a great survivor and doesn’t need watering. Fitting a trigger nozzle to a hosepipe ensures water stops flowing as soon as it is released.
Water butts - Consider collecting rainwater in a tank or butt and using it for watering plants and shrubs. When landscaping try to select plants and shrubs that are tolerant of dry conditions.
Vehicle washing – try to reduce your vehicle washing activities. When washing vehicles or equipment consider recycling the water.
Window cleaning – Look for opportunities to reduce or prioritise window cleaning activities
Meters - Find and regularly read your meters and sub meters. Make someone responsible for reading meters either weekly or monthly. A marked increase in water usage may indicate a leak.
Watch out for leaks - Checking for leaks is something every customer should do regularly.
Some tell-tale signs to help you spot leaks -
- Damp patches in or outside the property
- Lush vegetation in dry periods may be indications of leaking pipes
- Leaking overflow systems
Metered customers – diagnosing a leak
If your meter reading or bill is unusually high it may indicate you have a leak. You can use your meter to check if you have a leak on the pipework after the meter -
- 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.
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