Reducing your water consumption is no mean feat – especially in industries where water is central to the business. However if every business, big and small, could make small adjustments to their water usage or general wastage, it can have a huge impact in overall sustainability. Here we have compiled some ideas on how your industry can make minor adjustments, to create big changes.
Let’s face it, leisure centres, lidos and spas use a lot of water – without it they aren’t in business. It might seem difficult, but there are a number of sustainable measures the leisure sector can take in order to save water.
If your business has a swimming pool, it’s important to perform water analysis on a regular basis and monitor chlorine levels. Maintaining the chemical parameters of the water will reduce the risk of algae during the summer. It’s also important that you do not heat pools to more than 84 degrees fahrenheit, as the hotter the water, the more likely the water will evaporate and therefore be wasted.
For businesses with outside pools, try to shut your pool for as short amount of time as possible. This means shutting as late as possible in autumn and opening it as soon as possible in the spring. If the pool is out of use for only a couple of months, there’s no need to completely drain the pool to get it ready for the spring. As for fountains, waterfalls and sprinklers, only turn them on during peak times in the summer season as these kinds of water devices demands a high level of water consumption. Last but not least, manually clean your filter. You’ll do a more thorough job and use less water. The average backwash uses between 250 to 1,000 gallons on water – and is not as effective as cleaning with your own hands.
It’s not surprising that caterers and restaurants use large amounts of water, especially washing up after service and washing down equipment – with hygiene at the top of the list of priorities. Instead of focusing on using less water, why not concentrate on what you should or shouldn’t be putting down the drain, after all the catering sector is a huge contributor to fatbergs and blocked pipes.
Catering and restaurant businesses should train staff not to put oils and fats down the drain. Liquids should be cooled until they’re solidified and then put in the bin. If businesses are using oils and fats on a larger scale, they should consider installing a grease trap. This intercepts oil and grease before it gets into the drains.
Milk is also a huge hazard for the drain. Pouring it down the drain can lead to serious consequences – so serious that it can lead to financial or custodial sentences for businesses in the UK. Milk is classified as a 3 ABP product, meaning that it is a highly polluting substance that can harm aquatic life in the watercourse. It has a high oxygen demand as a result of the bacteria that feed on it, and therefore uses oxygen that is usually used by aquatic life. Milk can quite literally suffocate aquatic life and become a major contributor to polluting water and damaging sewer systems. So the next time you find an expired carton of milk, think twice! Unused milk should be incinerated, used in composting, or sent to a landfill.
Teaching children about sustainable water usage is critical, after all they are the future generation that will need to keep up the good work! There are lots of small lessons that can be taught to children to help them be more environmentally conscious, such as not running the tap for longer than needed when washing hands and to recycle their waste. But there are also more exciting methods for teaching kids about water usage. Creating a school garden enables children to participate in an outdoors project and enjoy learning in a different surrounding. Fixing a water butt in the garden is a simple method of teaching children about reusing water. They could then use this water for their gardening and the produce that’s grown becomes a tangible result of their sustainability efforts. This will help children feel like they’re making a difference and allow them to see a physical result from their actions.
We hope you found our ideas useful! Remember, most big changes come from small actions so don’t feel like reducing water usage is a huge task to undertake. If you’re looking to make more substantial efforts for becoming more sustainable in the long-term, how about fixing water saving taps, urinal controls or smart meters? Remember every change no matter how big or small, makes a huge difference! To learn more, you can reach out to us on 0345 357 2424.