Water efficiency for small businesses

22 November 2019 Reading time: 3 mins

We’re turning our attention to small businesses in our latest water efficiency blog.

By taking a few, simple steps businesses can reduce their water use, which in turn will help to lower water and energy bills and have a positive impact on the environment.

Here are our top tips to help small businesses use water wisely:

  1. Ensure facilities are in good working order

Did you know that an estimated 400 million litres of water leak from UK toilets every day? Hidden leaks and ineffective facilities could be costing you a lot of money and wasting an unnecessary amount of water. If you are concerned that you may have a leak then please get in touch and we will help you.


  1. Install water efficient devices to reduce water waste

By installing water efficient devices, small businesses can reduce water wastage. For example, water-saving devices can be fitted to toilet cisterns to help reduce the amount of water used. To make your facilities more water efficient you can get lots of helpful tips and water saving devices with our free water efficiency packs.


  1. Reduce water flow

Another way to reduce water use is by fitting a tap aerator, which can reduce the flow of water by up to 10 litres per minute without affecting the pressure. Fitting an aerator will be particularly helpful to businesses such as hairdressers that are regularly using running water.


  1. Install emersion heaters in kitchen areas

Frequently putting the kettle on will waste water and use a lot of energy. An emersion heater will help to address this problem by providing instant hot water to ensure staff are only using the water that they require. The same applies to cold water; by installing a water fountain staff can have access to instant cold water, rather than having to run a tap to wait for it to cool down.


  1. Benchmark your progress

You can compare your water usage against other similar sized businesses with our benchmark calculator. This handy tool allows businesses to find out if they are using more or less water than other similar companies, helping to identify whether there is scope to reduce water use further.

By using less water, businesses of all sizes can reduce their bills and positively impact the environment. These simple steps will help small businesses to reduce their water use and reap the benefits.

If you have any questions around water efficiency then please get in touch at TheWaterExperts@Business-Stream.co.uk or learn more about how you can save water.