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Businesses have vital role in conserving water, says EA | 11 April 2012

Businesses should carry out ‘water audits’ and obtain advice on water efficiency, the Environment Agency (EA) is recommending.

In the wake of the hose-pipe bans enforced in the South-East of England, the EA is urging organisations to take increased measures towards saving water. In addition to further impacting the water shortages, businesses could find that they can cut costs significantly.

Emphasising the point, the EA’s head of water resources, Trevor Bishop, told environmentalistonline.com: “While households have a very important role to play in helping to cut water use during the current drought, businesses, farmers and water companies must all play their part too.”

The EA is suggesting that businesses might like to consider rainwater harvesting and/or recycling wastewater, while reducing the frequency with which company transportation is washed. Another easy step toward water efficiency is to check that plumbing is well-maintained and that there are no leaks, something that might fall under the facilities management remit.

Given that water availability is the “most underestimated critical issue” – a lack of which would result in many businesses being unable to function – the EA is also recommending gaining advice from water companies to identify where the vital resource can be saved.

Speaking to FM World, Nicci Russell – the policy director at water-efficiency body Waterwise – said: “There are simple ways for businesses to waste less less water, both in the workplace bathrooms and kitchens, as well as in industrial processes – re-using water is one example.

“Water efficiency is an issue of business continuity and climate resilience.”

Written by Elizabeth Smythe on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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