The Level 4b water restrictions also apply to offices, places of work, religious buildings, schools, shopping centres, gyms, recreational areas, etc. Just because you are not at home does not mean you can waste the water somewhere else – the demand is still being placed on the same source of supply.
Most business that do not use of water as an integral part of production face many of the same water-saving challenges as households. The primary difference is making water saving an integral component of operations. Consequently, high levels of saving can be achieved by implementing standard household water-saving techniques. Critically, the following steps are key:
- Talk to colleagues and staff about your water savings initiatives.
- Encourage colleagues and staff to contribute their own water saving ideas.
- Install water saving devices such as push taps, low flow showerheads, dual flush toilets. Where possible implement grey water reuse such as using the kitchen water to flush toilets or water the landscaping.
- Appoint a ‘Water Champion’ to check meters and monitor water use.
- Establish a baseline for water use and set achievable targets for saving water.