Investing in water security

Fight the water crisis drop by drop

Many experts believe that South Africa faces a looming water crisis, with some stating that if the country continues at its present rate of consumption, it could run out of drinking water by 2025.

If the country wishes to avert a water shedding scenario, we need to invest in water security now. Your business can help by using some of the following tips.

1. Educate your employees and customers

Many experts believe that South Africa faces a looming water crisis, with some stating that if the country continues at its present rate of consumption, it could run out of drinking water by 2025.

All businesses can encourage their employees to conserve water by training employees in water saving techniques and providing incentives for employees who develop water saving procedures.

It is important to let your customers know that water conservation is a priority to your business. Lead by example and let them know what you do to conserve will help encourage them to conserve as well.

2. Think smaller.

Many small businesses have the same capacity geyser that is used in homes. But there is no showering or laundry to be done, only light dishwashing. Therefore you can save costs by installing a smaller geyser better suited to your needs.

3. Have a water audit.  

This will help you maximise your water use efficiency. It also highlights where problems exist and assists in helping you fix them, thereby increasing your water savings. Keeping track of water used by measuring the meter during periods of no flow will allow you to track possible leaks. Monthly water audits also allow for the tracking of water use in different seasons.

4. Fix leaks.

Businesses can save money and water by monitoring and repairing leaky faucets, toilets and pipes. Leaky or dripping toilets and faucetscan waste thousands of litres a year. Each dripping tap can waste as much as 1Kl of water a month. Regular maintenance will eliminate water waste and lower your water bills. Have your water meter read monthly to monitor your water usage.

5. Replace water wasting equipment and fixtures.

Install low-flow aerators on company faucets (taps) and you can cut faucet water consumption in half. This can significantly reduce your business’ water consumption. Toilets and urinals account for about one third of all water consumed in buildings. Install dual flush toilets and water efficient urinals. Use air-cooled ice machines. Replace air conditioners and refrigeration units that are cooled by water with those that are cooled by air.

(Source: Water Wise)