Today’s businesses are greener than ever before, paying attention to the sustainability of energy usage and even the materials used to build an office. One area sometimes overlooked is using more energy efficient water treatment sources.
It takes about four gallons of water to produce a single gallon of milk, and dairy is just one industry. Water is a limited resource and businesses can conserve in small and significant ways. In addition to water usage, companies can reduce energy usage through the processes used to treat water. If your business uses cooling towers, your impact is more substantial than a company which only uses water for the kitchen and bathroom areas of a building.
Even if your business uses just a little water for everyday purposes, there are ways to use water more efficiently and reduce your carbon footprint.
1. Support Local Utility Sustainability
One of the most powerful things you can do as a business owner is to support local utilities in their effort to become more energy efficient. Whether they ask people to suspend watering lawns during droughts or want to improve their equipment to use less power in treating the water source, local businesses should come alongside water companies and support their efforts.
2. Collect Rainwater
Does your business have plants at the entryway or a small rooftop garden area? Instead of using precious treated water resources, invest in a rain barrel or two and collect rainwater. When your gardener needs to water your outdoor (or even indoor) plants, they simply use water from the rain barrel. Collecting rainwater saves on the energy a local utility expends to deliver water to your business and saves you money in the long run.
3. Cooling Tower Treatment Solutions
Utilising a water tower treatment solution which reuses water and energy efficient systems makes a positive impact on overall energy usage in a company, making your brand greener and more environmentally friendly.
Traditionally, cooling towers use chemicals and move around 10 percent of the water in a system to get rid of suspended solids. Water loss adds up over time and results in lost water and necessitates the regular addition of expensive chemicals such as scale inhibitors and corrosion inhibitors. A balanced system reduces the need for chemical use and saves on water usage.
5. Reconsider Vendors
While there are some things a business has direct control over, such as installing low flow faucets, you can also create an indirect impact by choosing to purchase supplies from manufacturers committed to being green. Nearly every industry uses water in the manufacturing process. Do the businesses you order from make a point of using their own energy efficient water treatment processes?
6. Get an Audit
If your business uses a considerable amount of water, invest in a commercial water audit. Discover areas where you use more water than necessary and how you can reduce overall usage. Some solutions include purchasing low water usage equipment, for example. Even a leak or two costs your company energy and wastes water.
Make a Plan
If you don’t already have a plan in place for water conservation, create one that spans every aspect of your impact on your local water supply. Remember even small changes make a big impact over time.