An organisation practising good water efficiency only uses as much water as needed for its purposes. Where possible rain water or water treated on site is used for some activities. For example, an organisation that uses enough water to create a safe, clean, and healthy working environment without wasting money, clean water, or the energy needed to provide it. Unnecessary wastage would include leaks,
or taps that flow excessively, or urinals that flush even if no one
has used them.
Water efficiency reduces consumption of the natural resource as well as the energy to clean and deliver through plumbing. Methods for reduction include:
- Reducing the amount of water devices use to perform satisfactorily
- Reducing water usage through appropriate controls and more efficient appliances
- Monitoring usage and maintaining systems to identify and repair any
leaks as soon as possible
- Managing staff and other site users to be aware of wasted water and
their responsibilities for control, monitoring, and reporting
- Considering whether alternative sources of water or the reuse of water
are appropriate systems for the premises
Water efficiency may need to be considered for manufacturing and
cleaning processes that are often quite specific to an organisation’s
Clean water in the UK is a relatively cheap commodity, however availability in the future is less certain because of weather (droughts and floods) as well as other pressures on demand. Implementing water efficiency practises now can only benefit and organisation in the future.