Water efficiency

A guide to being efficient with our most precious resource

Doing our bit for the planet

Doing our bit for the planet

Only 2% of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking, and less than 1% of it is actually accessible. Populations are growing, the world is getting warmer and demand for water is higher than ever. In these pages you'll find a range of  information and resources to help us all make the most of what we have.


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Learn about the reasons why we should be more water efficient, or skip straight to the action to get started.

Why save water?

Find out why it's so important

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What can you do?

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Why save water?

Water is a precious resource. There's a financial and environmental cost to every drop we use. From damaging fragile ecosystems with excessive extraction, to the CO2 released as part of the treatment and transportation, it's important to understand the impact we're having.

Save money

Save money

Over 90% of your bill is made up of the wholesale cost of the water you use, so using less will make a big impact on your bottom line.

Protect ecosystems

Protect ecosystems

By using less water you'll reduce the amount which is diverted from the environment, protecting sensitive ecosystems.

Reduce emissions

Reduce emissions

Energy is used at each stage of water's journey to your premises and beyond. By using less, you'll be causing less carbon to be released into the atmosphere.

19.3

Million tonnes of CO2 released each year in the transport, treatment and heating of water in the UK

Want to know more?

Discover more reasons to reduce your water consumption, including our environmental case study of England's Chalk Streams.

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Small or medium business?

If you're a small or medium business, who doesn't have complex water-related challenges, you've come to the right place.

This is the advice for you

Larger business?

If you're a large industrial or commercial customer with complex water challenges, learn about our the incredible work of our Solutions team, and find out how we can help you to reduce consumption.

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What can you do?

It can be daunting to think of where to begin with water efficiency, but there are a few simple steps to getting started. Tick these off your list and you'll start saving in no time.

Get to grips with your usage

Get to grips with your usage

The best place to start is by understanding how much water you currently use. This way you'll be able to see the impact of the actions you take.

Check for leaks

Check for leaks

Leaks are one of the most common causes of excess water use and high bills. The great thing is, you can check for leaks while you're getting to grips with your usage.

Give yourself an efficiency audit

Give yourself an efficiency audit

Work your way around your business in a methodical way, making a note of all of the opportunities that you've got to save. That'll give you a list to start working through.

Make a plan

Make a plan

Once you're ready, good planning is key so implementing an effective efficiency programme.

Ready to get started?

You'll find step-by-step instructions and everything you need to get started over on our What can you do? pages.

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The main offenders

There are a few water efficiency hotspots where almost every business can save. Even if you don't have time for a full audit, you can't go wrong by skipping straight to these.

Bathrooms

From urinals which flush constantly to single-flush cisterns, toilets and bathrooms are a key place to start. Check out our top tips.

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Kitchens

Communal kitchens can be common sources of waste in most businesses. Here's what to look out for.

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Gardens

If your business has outside spaces, with plants and lawns to care for, the costs can quickly add up. 

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