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News - 14 August 2006

Businesses urged to stem the tide of wasted water

New statistics reveal offices are needlessly wasting 310 millions of litres of water every single working day

As a result Envirowise has launched Water at Work Week (14-18 August 2006) and is asking: 'Have you got the bottle?' to save water in one of the simplest ways possible.

If every office were to put bottles in their toilets' cisterns, daily water wastage could be reduced by 20% - the equivalent of 35 Olympic swimming pools. By installing push or spray taps, water wasted from hand washing could also be reduced by a further 20 million litres.

"Business accounts for a third of all the water used in the UK," says programme director Martin Gibson. "If companies were to change their attitudes towards water by employing the simple reduction measures... not only would the water shortage be alleviated, they would also save themselves money.

"UK companies do not see water as a true business cost. Envirowise has, however, consistently shown businesses that there are clear financial savings to be had by taking steps to reduce water consumption."

Water at Work Week challenges businesses to carry out the following four water-saving measures:

  • Contact the local water company to obtain free water saving devices or simply install a litre bottle of water in older cisterns to reduce flushing water by up to 20%.
  • Log on to the Envirowise water account tool on www.envirowise.gov.uk/wateraccount to calculate potential cost savings and track water usage.nstall spray taps to reduce tap water use by 70%.
  • Install spray taps to reduce tap water use by 70%.
  • Check water systems for leaks by monitoring meter readings overnight - if the level changes, then there is almost certainly a leak which should be fixed as soon as possible.

For for further details on free water saving devices log on to http://www.southernwater.co.uk/b2b/waterEfficiencyForBusiness/


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