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Water saving tips for all business types

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Water use efficiencies can be found for all business types to save money and protect this scarce resource.

In the pursuit of profit in your business, removing ongoing costs can be as effective as increasing sales. By insulating your bottom line from ongoing water use, and increasing water costs, you are increasing the profitability and durability of your business.

How to do it now!

Tips for all businesses

Education

  • Display signage to notify your customers of water efficiency measures already installed.
  • Ensure customers know where to report any water related issues they identify on your premises.
  • Display water wise signage in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Display signage in bathrooms and kitchens detailing who to contact to report a leak for immediate repair.
  • Make your workplace aware of water conservation at work. You could include water conservation points in procedures or policies.

Understand your water use

  • Sub-metering and data logging can assist you to understand how and where water is used on your premises. It can also help you identify issues before to much water is lost to leaks or mismanaged appliances / fixtures.

Do you have garden area?

  • Ensure that the irrigation system is complying with Water Corporation watering restrictions.
  • Check the type of system is the right type of system for the space. Consider if sub surface drip irrigation, soil moisture sensors and weather stations are appropriate.
  • Use waterwise plant species to reduce the amount of water required.

Offices based businesses

  • Check the settings of the air-conditioning system. Ensure the bleed rates, drift and conductively are set correctly to reduce excess water running through the system.
  • Install dual flush toilets and consider installing sensor operated, or waterless urinals in public amenities.
  • Install flow restrictors in bathroom and kitchen taps.
  • Wash fleet vehicles at car washers with water reuse systems. Try washing vehicles when needed rather than to a set schedule.

Hospitality industry

In the kitchen

  • Do you have a wok stove? consider upgrading to waterless cook top that don’t require a constant supply of water to cool the system down. They will save you money and water.
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator instead of under running water
  • Instead of using a hose to clean the floor use a mop and bucket or a high pressure cleaner.
  • A pre-rinse spray valve will assist you in reducing the amount of water needed to clean the dishes.
  • Install a high WELS rated dishwasher where appropriate. Limit dishwashing and glass washing until you have a full load.
  • Install flow restricting devices in plumbing fixtures where appropriate.
  • When washing fresh produce, fill a sink to rinse rather than running water for each item.

In public toilets

  • Install dual flush toilets and consider installing sensor operated, or waterless urinals in public amenities.
  • Install flow restrictors in bathroom taps.

In guest rooms

  • Install shower heads with a WELS rating of 3 stars or higher to save up to 3 litres a minute in each shower.
  • Fix leaks. You could save up to 25 litres a day from each leaking toilet.
  • Install dual flush toilets.
  • Establish a linen reuse program. Offer guests the opportunity to request clean sheets and towels as needed, instead of automatically providing new ones daily.
  • Install flow restrictors in bathroom taps.

Pools

  • Install covers on pools and spas when not in use to reduce water evaporation.
  • Maintain pool infrastructure and check regularly for leaks.
  • Keep an eye on pool water levels to avoid

Why is this action important?

Fresh water is the lifeblood of nature. Therefore, we need to ensure we use water in the most efficient way possible, enabling us to reduce the financial and environmental cost of using this scarce resource.

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