It’s Earth Day on 22 April 2022 and the theme this year is Invest in our Planet. One important way to invest in our planet is to use less water. Water is a finite resource and lack of water is a significant problem in many different parts of the world. The amount of water you use also has a direct effect on your carbon footprint, as we have talked about before on this blog.
With that in mind here are some ways that your organisation can substantially reduce its water use and make a difference on Earth Day.
Switch to waterless urinals
Waterless urinals can have a massive impact on the water use in your organisation. Each urinal saves around 100,000 litres of water per year which equates to a carbon reduction of at least 175g per m³ of water saved. Waterless urinals are also easier to clean and maintain which means they need to be replaced much less often so they’re a much sounder environmental choice than traditional flushing urinals.
Install sensor taps in your washrooms
Sensor taps are growing in popularity now as people realise how much cleaner and more hygienic they are than traditional taps. However what many people don’t realise is that sensor taps also use much less water than traditional taps. In part this is because of their design, with low flow aerators meaning that a tap can use as little as 2 litres of water per minute which represents a saving of around 70% compared to traditional taps. It’s also because sensor taps by their very nature cannot be left on accidentally, thus saving a great deal of water as well as keeping the washroom environment much pleasanter.
Consider moving to modern, timer operated showers
Showers can be one of the most wasteful aspects of the washroom. Not only do they use a great deal of water but that water also needs to be heated, which significantly increases the carbon footprint associated with showering. Pre-programmed timer showers enable you to control the amount of time the shower runs for which can significantly reduce the time users spend in the shower, as well as completely removing the risk of showers being left on. It may also be possible to install thermostatic mixer faucets that deliver water at a pre-set temperature that the user cannot alter, further reducing the environmental impact of your showers.
Download our free Guide to Saving Water in your Business
Water-saving initiatives can help organisations to demonstrate sustainability, reduce their carbon footprint as well as helping achieve green certification and showing leadership in environmental management. So how can you start to deliver responsible water management, and consequential cost savings for your organisation?
Our Guide to Saving Water in your Business is a comprehensive overview of what can be done to reduce water use across your organisation, whether you’re planning a complete washroom or kitchen refit or are looking for quick wins that can be implemented within your current set up.