Even without a drought, South Africa is classified as a water scarce country. Climate changes, El Nino, a growing population and economic growth all contribute to changing water conditions …
SAVING WATER MAKES GREAT BUSINESS CENTS
Planning models show that future demand for water could outstrip supply, if individuals and businesses do not try and invest time and effort in water conservation. Each one of us has a part to play to ensure a water secure future.
We need to change the way we think about water and find new ways to manage our water resources.
Initial set-up costs may be daunting, but investments should pay for themselves over the longer term by saving water, which is certain to become less available and more expensive. Why not make a project plan and spread the timing out over one to three years?
12 Steps your Business can take to Conserve Water:
1. Conduct a water audit
A water audit is like doing a budget plan for water and will give you a " bigger picture" of your water consumption, describe where you use water in your business, where there are leaks, where you can save and recycle.
- Simple step-by-step Guide for Home use at greenaudits.co.za
- Easy to read Water Conservation Guideline Brochure with Water Audit information at durban.gov.za
- More detailed and comprehensive Guide for Water Audits for companies and institutions at South Florida District website
- Alternatively, hire a professional environmental water consultant to do a Water Audit
2. Check Leaks
- Contact a professional leak detection service to detect and fix any hidden leaks, old washers and faulty seals
- Encourage personnel to report new leaks promptly
3. Get water efficient Plumbing
- Call a plumber to quote and fit higher efficiency plumbing fixtures
- Check the efficiency of boiler water and steam pipes – excess steam costs approximately 10 times more than municipal water
- There are also new water saving appliances, such as dishwashers that use a lot less water and electricity
4. Monitor water line pressure
- Check that it is not more than 65 psi
5. Redesign surrounding Vegetation
- Remove water guzzling alien vegetation
- Plant drought resistant plants and grasses
- Use bark, stones and natural grasses in place of lawn areas a
6. Educate and Train Personnel
- Assign an employee to be a Water Champion
- Teach people water saving techniques using bulletins, posters and meetings
- Provide feedback on water usage and savings made on a monthly basis
7. Install rainwater collection / storage tanks
- It is important to install filters and a UV Sanitiser to keep the water clean
8. Use Less Water for Cleaning and Heating Water
- Install a smaller, instant water heater above the kitchen sink / insulate the geyser and water pipes.This will avoid running the tap to get hot and reduce heating costs (remember, water is also used to MAKE electricity)
- Supervise cleaners to use smaller amounts of water in buckets for cleaning rather than a running tap or a hose pipe
- Use waterless cleaning processes where you can, eg sweeping
- Instruct staff not to water the garden during rainy weather
9. Reuse and recycle process water though a WaterTreatment Plant
10. Release clean water into the environment
- Water users are required by law to treat and clean wastewater before releasing it back into a river or municipal system. Read how to release waste water into the environment
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