Businesses should cut water use too, says EA

Businesses should chip in with domestic users and waste less water. This was the call from the Environment Agency ahead of today’s hosepipe ban for the South East and East […]

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By Tom Gibson

Businesses should chip in with domestic users and waste less water. This was the call from the Environment Agency ahead of today’s hosepipe ban for the South East and East Anglia, which is set to affect 20 million consumers.

Recent Environment Agency figures show being more efficient with water could save businesses in retail and hospitality up to 50% on their bills. Chip-maker McCain used waste water recycling equipment to reduce demand for mains water supply by about 250,000 cubic metres. In some manufacturing industries, water bills could be costing over 1% of business turnover.

The agency is encouraging businesses to carry out a water audit of the workplace to establish where savings can be made. They say businesses can:

–         Identify leaks in need of repair

–         Clean windows and cars less often

–         Ensure taps are turned off

Nicci Russell, Policy Director at NGO Waterwise said: “More people and less water means the water we do have needs to go further and every single workplace, regardless of size, is dependent on water. If water stopped coming through the taps our economy wouldn’t function, so we need to start wasting less water now, at work as well as at home.”