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Ideas to Help Reduce Water Usage & Waste in Businesses

Posted on June 22, 2017

Water consumption is often one of the most overlooked aspects of running any business. Vast amounts of water are wasted every day, with much of this unnecessary and easily rectified.

In this article, we’re looking at some of the steps you can take to cut down on your water usage, saving you money and making your business more efficient.


With so many employees to think about in a typical office, it’s tough to implement water conservation techniques and make them stick. For restrooms and kitchen sinks, install low-flow regulators to cut down on water usage, and educate employees on general conservation tips – not leaving the taps running while rinsing/cleaning up, for example.

Hand detectors on taps are an easy way of limiting general water use, and appliances such as dishwashers should only be used when fully loaded.


For large scale industrial sites, water usage can be difficult to quantify. Before deciding on any particular strategy, it’s worth having a water audit performed on your industrial site. A water audit identifies any unnecessary use of water and also breaks down current water usage – and its cost – throughout your business. From this, you can clearly see how you use water now and where your focus should be in the future. Replacing current equipment with more water efficient versions can have a huge impact on your water usage, and a water audit will help you to figure out a comprehensive plan of action.


Busy retail environments should operate as efficiently as possible, but water consumption is something that is often forgotten about. Restrooms and kitchens should be a focus for general water usage, as they are for offices. Low-flow regulators, hand sensors and improved water efficient equipment will cut down on water use per-capita in these areas, and so will a company-wide focus on water usage. Be mindful of how water is used day-to-day. You might also be able to recycle water for future use by using a water butt to harvest rainwater. This will make you less reliant on using your own supply of water for smaller tasks – general cleaning, for instance.

Catering facilities

The equipment you use in your catering business, or in any catering facility attached to your business, will have a huge impact on your overall water usage. Water efficient equipment is essential; from dishwashers and taps to the cooking and cleaning equipment you use, water already makes up a large amount of everything the business does.

Large volumes of water are wasted while cleaning, especially if you use larger industrial kitchen sinks. For dirty plates and cooking utensils, scrape off any food instead of rinsing it away, and only use the dishwasher when there is a full load. Also make sure not to clean items while the tap is still running.

Take care of your pipes

It’s also incredibly easy to overlook your drainage pipes; you’ll often not pay them much attention until something goes wrong. A blocked or leaking pipe makes water consumption much less efficient, and will limit the benefits of the improvements you have made to your current water usage.

Professional drainage contractors will be able to survey your pipes, detect any breakages, blockages or leaks, and can replace and repair your pipes to make them more efficient. This will improve the flow of water throughout your property, and will also prevent costly leaks or collapses in the future.

Wildon UK are leading drainage specialists operating throughout Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and the rest of the UK. We perform thorough drain jetting and unblocking services and can also offer expert advice to help you improve the water efficiency of your property. For more information, simply get in touch with our friendly team today.

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