How water efficient is your business?

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Monday, December 17th, 2012
NI Water recently teamed up with the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland (CCNI) and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) to launch a new Water Efficiency Leaflet for businesses. The leaflet aims to increase awareness among the business community of the measures that can be taken to conserve water in the workplace. Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy MLA said, “Everyone has a responsibility to use water wisely and prepare for the winter months. “By taking just a few minutes to look at this advice on how to use water more economically and by taking some simple steps to avoid burst pipes, businesses could function more efficiently, save on operational costs, and help the environment.” Trevor Haslett Chief Executive NI Water said, “Businesses are coming under sustained financial pressure however saving water goes hand in hand with saving money. “Savings of between 30 and 50 per cent can be achieved by installing low cost water reduction technologies. Everyone benefits when water is used wisely and economically.” The advisory leaflet also includes useful information for businesses on how to protect properties against the cold weather. The devastation caused by a burst pipe or interruption to supply can result in a business losing essential water or even months of trading while the damage is repaired. Kathy Graham, Head of Water at the Consumer Council explained, “Saving money is an important issue for many businesses, especially in the current economic climate. “The Consumer Council is pleased to be working with our partners to help educate and advise businesses on how to conserve water, which ultimately saves money and helps protect the environment. “This initiative links in with our current ‘Water Champions’ awards, which are granted to local businesses and farms who demonstrate how they have saved money on their water bills, reduced their water usage and put in place water efficiency measures.” By conserving water a business will not only enhance its operational efficiencies by reducing water and energy bills, but will also have a positive impact on the environment by reducing its carbon footprint. Small behavioural changes could see a business reap huge benefits.
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