The Rippleffect

File 6835Water efficiency for business

The Rippleffect provides guidance to help you:

  • understand how much water your business uses;
  • identify simple ways to start saving water and money;
  • measure the water and cost savings that you have made; and
  • learn about the benefits of some water saving devices.

The guidance is provided as downloadable information sheets. Further support and guidance is available as videos, good practice guides, case studies and online tools.

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  • Improving the water efficiency of your business will save you money, reduce your impact on the environment, enhance the reputation of your business and increase your competitive advantage.

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  • Gaining the commitment of your senior management team will help to secure investment and ensure you have the necessary authority to commit company resources to your plan.

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  • Monitoring your water consumption will identify your patterns of usage over time and highlight any unusual increases, such as leaks.

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  • Once you are monitoring your water use, you will be able to check that you are being billed accurately by comparing your own meter readings with those on your bills.

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  • Understand your water use across your site by creating a water balance to show where water enters and leaves your business, and how it is being used in between. For ideas have a look at our examples for an office, a hotel and an industrial site.

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  • Identifying the key areas to target is essential for developing an effective action plan. Use some simple techniques to analyse your data and work out which areas to focus on.

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  • There may be several available options for saving water, but it’s important to compare the cost benefits for each to ensure the most appropriate ones are selected. 

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  • Develop an action plan to ensure all achievable savings are identified and pursued. For ideas take a look at our examples for an office, a hotel and an industrial site.

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  • To take your plans forward it is essential to present a good business case to secure any resources you need. Be well-prepared when you present your case to senior management.

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  • Getting your managers to approve a budget and other resourcing support will help you implement the work and make improvements.

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  • Developing a plan for implementing your actions will help you to schedule them for maximum impact. Take a look at our practical examples which include, preparing for changes for product design, process improvements, installing water saving devices and on-site water treatment.

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  • Effective communication is key to a successful water efficiency programme. Gain the support of your managers and colleagues to instigate and maintain long-lasting and positive change.

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  • Once you’ve implemented your improvement actions, determine how much water has been saved. Calculate the associated cost savings and assess whether your investments are meeting the estimated payback periods.

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  • The true cost of water may be more than three times the total amount charged for supply and disposal. When calculating savings, take account of the ‘hidden’ costs such as the cost of heating and treating water.

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  • Benchmarking can be used to compare the performance of similar sites and processes to highlight areas for improvement. It can also help you evaluate how your improvement actions are helping to meet your water efficiency targets.

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  • Ideas for saving water are often generated by asking for staff feedback. Keep staff up to date with progress to help keep them engaged and motivated.

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  • Reporting achievements to your management team and colleagues can help you to continue making water and cost savings. If you choose to promote your achievements to your customers and stakeholders it is important to ensure your reporting is transparent, accountable and credible.

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Supporting resources

View all our supporting resources for the Rippleffect including guides, case studies, templates and online tools.  Find out more here.

Case studies

Take a look at how other businesses are reducing water use and saving money - read our water efficiency case studies. For example, installing urinal flush controls typically saves around 70% of water used for flushing. One organisation saved £1,300/year in water and sewerage costs by installing a passive infrared (PIR) sensor. With an installation cost of around £960, a payback of just over 8 months was achieved. 

To view examples of water efficiency in the food and drink industry, read the Federation House Commitment (FHC) case studies.

 

Taking it further  

If you are interested in how to become more efficient with your resources, reduce waste and save money, visit the Business Resource Efficiency Hub.

You will find a range of tools and guides to help you to improve your business's resource efficiency. You may be surprised at how much you can save, and how some simple solutions can make a real difference.