Saving water might not always be companies’ number one priority in the production operations. However, according to environmental scientists, it should definitely be.
A worldwide fresh water shortage might be upon us in the next 50 years. Hence, businesses should take action on this problem since these companies, especially those in industrialized nations, consume more than half of the water stock, according to the Alliance Energy Corporation.
With that, a number of large corporations are now implementing their water conservation programs to be able to lower their company’s water footprint. Here are some of the strategies on how your business can help:
Conduct A Water Audit
Those companies which use massive amounts of water should seek for professional help to assist them in lowering their water consumption. A commercial water audit aims to inspect a company’s water level use for the purpose of providing a detailed report on the touchpoints they can focus on in lowering their water footprint. Some even offer rebates for companies with water-saving initiatives.
Regularly Check Leaks
Because of the continuous operations of businesses, especially those who have power plants, they might miss out some leaks in their buildings. Hence, it is crucial to conduct a periodic shutdown of all the facilities which use water. Once they have done this, they should read the water meter at intervals. There is most likely a leak on the site if the dial of the meter moves.
Use A Closed-Loop System For Operations
The Kraft company is currently using this kind of closed-loop system operation. It enabled them to reuse their wastewater as input to their other machine processes. Because of this practice, it was able to cut its global water use by 14 percent in two years.
Install Low-Flow Toilets
One of the main sources of water waste in companies is their toilets. Even though using sinks and toilets is a necessity for everyone, it should never be an excuse in wasting water. With that, companies should invest in installing low-flow toilets.
A normal toilet uses five gallons per flush on average. Low-flow toilets, on the other hand, only use 1.6 gallons of water in one flush. This 70-percent decrease in usage is already a big save especially when there are hundreds of people using one toilet in one day.
Involve All Employees
It is not enough that companies implement several water conservation projects if their employees are not one with their causes. While the staff may not intentionally waste water, they should still be taught to provide awareness on how their daily habits might contribute to water shortage.
There are various initiatives which could be done in the company to make them more involved with your advocacy. Some examples include the following:
- Distribute leaflets and booklets on some statistics and lessons on water conservation.
- Start a water-saving challenge and give out incentives.
- Create awareness posters which you can display around the office.
- Conduct regular seminars and training for water conservation initiatives.
- Publish articles and newsletters which can also be accessible to individuals outside your company.
- Spearhead idea generation meetings to get some advice from the employees on other water conservation projects.
Use the following activities to engage and inform employees about the water-saving efforts of the company.
Implementing these strategies is not enough. Businesses should also conduct evaluations and follow-throughs to these initiatives, revisit other water conservation plans, and consistently develop new techniques to be able to assure the lowering of their water footprint. This way, they can be spearheads of more environment-friendly business operations, for businesses are powerful influencers in society.