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North West Businesses Urged to Consider True Cost of Water August 14, 2007

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business, Environment.
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World Water Week imageAs experts gather in Stockholm for World Water Week, businesses in the North West are being urged to think about water as a valuable commodity that is potentially being poured down the drain.

Nick Ward, Envirowise Regional Manager for the North West, says: “Reducing your water consumption is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to achieve cost savings and just taking simple measures can cut figures by up to 50%.

“The flooding across the UK last month clearly demonstrated that water has a price tag, with price increases now a possibility. Meanwhile water has become such a commodity in drought-stricken Europe that the EU Environment Commissioner has proposed a new pricing scheme to encourage consumers and businesses alike to reduce their water consumption.

“Droughts and flooding might seem to be opposite ends of the spectrum, but both could be side effects of climate change, and both highlight the importance and value of water. Every drop of water has a price and even something as simple as fixing a dripping tap can have a positive impact on their profits.”

Envirowise will be offering North West companies advice on the benefits of conducting a full review of their water use during next month’s Water at Work Week – which takes place from 17-21 September. But there are simple steps that every business can take now:

  • Turn taps off fully and replace leaking hoses and worn tap washers for a quick and cheap way of saving water. In staff washrooms, push-button taps can use up to half the water used through conventional taps.
  • Reduce the amount of clean water used in every toilet flush by fitting a water displacement device into cisterns
  • You should be able to reduce your water bill by 20 – 30% by monitoring water use, finding and repairing leaks, using sprays or jets for washing, fitting triggers on hoses, considering cleaning-in-place and/or recycling of water.
  • Reduce your need for mains supply water by looking at ways you could recycle ‘grey water’ for cleaning equipment, vehicles or outside areas.
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