Joining The Discussion: adi Group Talks World Water Week
As part of World Water Week, we’re joining in the conversation with Business In The Community and Green Hotelier to share our thoughts plus top tips on how organisations can reduce and manage the consumption and pollution of water.
In this blog, adi Environmental’s Lynne Potter gives us the lowdown on all things water and sustainability.
Why is water an important factor for your business to manage?
Water is a natural resource used widely as it is readily available and cheap. It is a great source of heat transfer for processes. Due to depleted water resource in some areas it is important to use the appropriate quality for the application required.
What water risks do companies face?
Recent water maps gave shown there will be water shortages in some areas.in the not too distant future. I do not feel this has been adequately communicated to businesses to allow them to prepare and plan for the future. Companies use the same quality of water for all and in the future they will need to review appropriate for use. This means more investment in recycling and grey water. The cost of water supply and disposal is set to rise, and companies need to factor this cost increase. Supply and source will vary so water quality for critical processes will need to be monitored.
What actions can companies take to reduce consumption and pollution of water?
Companies should look at conducting a full water mapping assessment to see the water quality needed is appropriate for use. Where water can be recycled and grey water can be utilised. In addition can other things be used instead if water such as hand sanitisation using chemicals.
What would most help your company to be more water responsible?
I would say a water map to identify high usage items and identify ways of rationalisation with appropriate water quality. Most people have an idea of electricity usage but few have water meters per building or process.
How does managing water contribute to the sustainable growth of your business?
Water is a natural resource, to use it responsibly means we have considered the energy and cost of refining it. To reuse water means that these costs and environmental impacts associated with them can be reduced.
What advice would you give to businesses wanting to manage water more effectively?
Invest in a water mapping survey; this allows you to assess your buildings and processes and use water appropriately. Consider reduction techniques such as reverse osmosis, softening, filtration or effluent plants. Consider if you have a bore hole or your own water supply that can be treated. Use rainwater harvesting for low specification requirements. Understand the water quality needed in critical processes and plan to maintain this should the supply source vary.