Environmental Information Exchange

Self Water Audit

Before a business can start to reduce water use it is essential to understand how water is used within the organisation. This will establish how much water is used and how much water and sewerage costs.

This should also allow the business to become aware if there are any legal requirements that apply to its water use. For more information see EiE's water legislation pages.

A water audit from EiE can help you understand the quantities and costs of water used. Water can be complicated to measure and leaks can be difficult to identify. A water audit can help you identify all the costs associated with water use, before guiding you through methods for reduction.

Identifying ways to reduce water use

Once a business understands how it uses water it can start to take steps to reduce the amount of water used.

A useful place to start is EiE's water page. This guide highlights simple steps that can be taken to reduce water use.

After reducing water it may be useful to repeat the audit to identify how much water is being saved.

Identifying more water efficient equipment

Once you have taken steps to reduce the volumes of water used, investment in more water efficient equipment may save water and money. EiE can provide advice on identifying suitable water efficient equipment and technology for your business' requirements.

Communication

For any organisation one of the most important steps in reducing water use is to ensure that all staff members are aware of the steps that are being taken. It is also important to show staff not just how, but why changes are being made. Making staff aware of savings, and demonstrating how savings are reinvested can be very successful in convincing staff to engage fully in new water management systems.

For some organisations highlighting the environmental impacts of water use can also help staff understand why reducing water consumption is important. For more information visit EiE's environmental impacts of water use pages.

EiE can help you to develop a communication strategy tailored to your staff and requirements. For more advice contact EiE directly.

Monitor

Once a new system is in place it is important to continue monitoring to ensure that the service is working both in terms of the amount of water being used as well as how staff are responding to the changes.

For any new system there is likely to be a period of transition. However, if after an extended period a new system is not operating as predicted it is important to change the system - it may be necessary to review staff communication.