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 increasing 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 club or training centre over the year. Water use may increase in the summer as boats are used and 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 club or training centre will be using water are in showers/toilets, bar/kitchen and outside for boat wash down. The potential for water savings in showers and toilet facilities, for example, can be significant and simple low cost devices can be installed which save water and reduce bills. Many devices 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 and so water saving measures can be evaluated and further measures identified.