Excessive water consumption is one of the most pressing environmental concern. Only 3% of water on Earth is pure and can be consumed and the ever-increasing population adds to the water consumption.
Small-scale businesses and large manufacturing units, all need water for their daily operations. Businesses contrast immensely with their individual water usage, yet reduction in their current water consumption is very important to tackle the global water crisis.
For some easy ways to reduce the water use in your company, read the tips below.
Access the current water supply
Access the work area and discover where water could be saved. Make a record of the water usage and compare it with the set benchmarks if available. Understand the current usage; identify its peaks throughout the day, week or month. Check the pipeline system regularly for outflow and observe each department’s water usage. Estimate the discoveries and form a strategy to save water.
Many people are unaware of the water reduction practices. Spread awareness among the staff about water saving initiatives. Encourage them to participate and contribute ideas for the same. Announce awards for outstanding performers coming up with effective ideas; hold seminars informing them of the progress and encouraging them to follow same practices at home.
The foremost step is to check and repair all the leaks periodically. With the increase in technology, there is plenty of water saving equipment manufactured; consider using them. Replace high volume taps with low volume ones. Reducing pressure will directly reduce water consumption without disturbing the performance.
Control outdoor water use
Install a rainwater tank and use the non-potable water, as pure water is not required for all the work. Use drought-tolerant plants instead of using water-thirsty turf, and install water saving equipment for cooling towers to reduce the water consumption. Maximize the use of natural vegetation and set up small lawns, water them once a week instead of doing it daily. Set the lawn mower blades 2-3 inches high, it improves moisture retention. Add compost or organic matter to the soil to help improve water retention and the soil conditions.
Water optimisation in industries can lower the water withdrawals from local water sources increasing its availability. It will not only reduce cost but also help in meeting the future environmental regulation and generate positive PR for your brand. You can be a part of the solution to water shortages around the world when you optimise water waste within your own company!