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TRACTOR Project Case Study - Water

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The problem
An Oxfordshire farm, with livery stables and industrial units felt water use for the site was high and could indicate a major leak at the premises.

EiE's solution
EiE provided advice on calculating average water use based on the number of employees, residents and livestock at the site. Information on out-of-hours monitoring and measuring of water use was also provided to identify any leaks at the site.

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Actions

  1. Low water technologies are available for most appliances. When replacing or refurbishing, consider using the Water Efficient Labelling Scheme to compare products by their water use. The scheme has ratings for toilets, showers, and taps.
  2. Check bills and meters to identify high use and leaks. Leaks cost businesses twice - a local farm faced a bill of £6,000 for water and repairs to a road.
  3. The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE) have a water efficient training scheme, GreenPlumb, for plumbers. Try to use certified contractors.
  4. Consider collection of rain water or reuse of grey water for tasks that don't require 'clean water' such as washing down vehicles.

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