Environmental Information Exchange

Water

Cost Savings

While water is relatively low cost, there is no economic reason to needlessly waste it.  Further, leaks on premises can cause hundreds or even thousands of pounds in wasted water with very little visible evidence of the problem.  Finally, if water is required for manufacturing, the savings from water reduction may be quite important to the finances of the organisation.

Mitigating the effects of climate change and pollution

Water is cleaned, treated, and supplied using energy that causes emissions and pollution [linkl].  The more water we use the higher the amount of energy needed to supply clean water. Further, how water is discharged from a premises as well as what it has come into contact with can have polluting effects.

Conserving water resources

The rate at which natural processes can filter and provide clean water is often exceeded by demand.  This requires the construction of new reservoirs and delivery systems that also affect wildlife and other ecological processes in the UK.  The conservation of water reduces demand and slows the pressures on natural water processes.

Complying with European and UK water legislation

Businesses are obligated to comply with a range of legislation, some of which applies to the use and management of water.  EiE provide a summary of the most widely relevant legislation, however visit the Environment Agency for a full list of water legislation in England and Wales and NetRegs for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Perception

An organisation’s attitude towards water use, droughts, and floods may indicate its commitment to environmental stewardship to customers,employees, and other stakeholders.  In fact this perception may affect customer’s choice to purchase products and services or an employee’schoice to work there.