Save Water - Save Money

Water is often the “forgotten resource” – it is so essential that we pay for it without question, yet demand for water is growing and in some parts of the UK supplies are under increasing pressure.

There is currently no legal duty to conserve water but it does make environmental and financial sense not to waste it, particularly if you consider that you pay for water twice – for supply of clean drinkable water and for the removal of waste water.

As is the case with energy use, the best way to ascertain how to save water is to do a walk-round of your site and to identify where and how water is being used. This site audit, combined with meter readings, will also help to highlight any maintenance issues which may also be costing you money. Any leaking water pipes on your property are your responsibility so you should look out for any patches of particularly lush vegetation for example, as this could be a sign that there is a water pipe leak.

It is important to monitor water bills so that you have some idea of average water use for your business over the year. Water use may increase in the summer as boats are washed down more frequently. By monitoring your meter and bills you will be able to see if there are any unexplainable increases in usage which could also indicate a water leak.

The main areas where a boating business will be using water are on the pontoons for washing boats and refilling water tanks, in showers/toilets, and in tenants building. The potential for water savings in showers and toilet facilities can be significant and simple low cost devices can be installed which will save water and reduce bills. Many devices such as low flow shower heads and percussion taps provide savings which will quickly cover their initial cost, in some cases within only a couple of months.

It is helpful to conduct a water audit on a regular basis so that any leaks can be quickly spotted and repaired, water saving measures can be evaluated and further measures identified.