Time for business culture to be more ‘water wise’

Saving Water

So tell me, do you ever think about water? The team at brightwater do.

Water is an incredible substance – it gives life. You can make tea with it. It makes the toilet flush. It washes you and your clothes. It’s an essential part of life. However, figures by the Water Resources Group show that we need to focus our minds on the issue of water scarcity.

Only 1% of the world’s water is available for humans to use. Let’s not waste a drop!

Businesses, and consumers, around the world need to act fast on helping ease water shortages, because by 2030 global water demand is predicted to increase dramatically to a level 40% above the current supply.

Companies in the UK are reportedly using three times as much water as necessary and could cut up to half their water expenditure by improving efficiency.

According to WRAP, the waste and resources action programme, figures show that businesses use 1,300 million cubic metres a year – that’s more water than Loch Awe, Scotland’s 5th largest loch! Commercial and industrial usage makes up almost a third of the water used in the UK.

So what does this mean for a business in Scotland? Water isn’t on the agenda of most business owners. Research suggests that only one in seven of large companies in the UK have set water use reduction targets. Is your business one of them?

At brightwater, we want to help companies think about their water use and help them reduce their impact on the environment – and it’ll help keep costs down too! Below are some very simple hints and tips to help you develop your ‘water wise’ management plan.

By 2030 global water demand is predicted to increase dramatically to a level 40% above the current supply

When creating your management plan you should start with the following:

  • Make your management and staff water wise – get buy-in from the whole team
  • Assess your current water use
  • Identify and implement water saving ideas
  • Create SMART water saving objectives for the whole company
  • Appoint a water champion, who will encourage the team to “Think Water Wise”
  • Continually monitor and review your objectives

To get a copy of our latest “Water Saving Tips” poster for your office, please call the brightwater team on 0330 022 0570.

Only 1% of the world’s water is available for humans to use. Let’s not waste a drop!

We are brightwater. #letsnotwasteadrop

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