Saving Money Through Resource Efficiency: Reducing Water Use

While water costs may appear insignificant, the true cost is considerably higher than the basic charges for supplying water and discharging effluent. The ‘hidden costs’ for heating, pumping, maintenance, capital depreciation and treatment should also be considered, as well as the value of lost materials in wastewater.

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Water costs can be between 1 and 2% of a company’s turnover. Savings between 30 and 50% can be achieved by investing in no- and
low-cost water reduction techniques and technologies. A company with an annual turnover of £2 million could save up to £20,000 per year.

This guide outlines a systematic approach to reducing the costs associated with water use and wastewater disposal. This approach, which can be incorporated in existing management systems, stresses the importance of:

  • involving all members of staff, from senior management to plant operators;
  • developing a clear, easily understood plan;
  • determining the true costs of water consumption;
  • identifying where water enters and leaves a building or site;
  • developing a water mass balance;
  • understanding which of your business activities use the most water and incur the most costs;
  • encouraging the workforce to generate water saving ideas;
  • implementing all feasible options; and
  • carrying out regular reviews to maintain savings.

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