Saving water in the workplace
On average, every worker uses 50 litres of water a day while at work.
Introduce water saving information, or arrange a water efficiency day, to increase awareness of the importance of using water wisely.
To help you save water in your workplace follow our handy tips
In the kitchen or canteen
- Use a dishwasher instead of washing up plates and mugs separately
- Run a bowl of water rather than let it run to waste down the plug
- Make sure appliances use low water or are ECO models
- A water cooler will give employees direct access to cold water rather than having to run a tap
In the bathroom or toilet
Taps - A dripping tap can waste a lot of water. Change the washer immediately. Spray taps, push top taps or taps with infra-red controls can reduce consumption by up to half.
Urinal flushing - Automatic flushing of urinals can waste large quantities of water. Using a control device can reduce consumption by 70% by ensuring that flushing stops when the premises are not in use. If you are replacing outdated equipment, waterless urinals are now available.
Toilet flushing - Low flush toilets use between four and six litres per flush. Older toilets can use up to 13 litres per flush. If you have an older cistern, try a water saving device such as a “Hippo” or a “Save-a-Flush” bag. This will save between one litre and three litres per flush.
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Showers - On average standard gravity fed showers use 30 litres per shower, while power showers use 60 litres. Aerating showerheads can help reduce water use by up to 50%.