A water balance shows where water is used on your property and allows you to compare water intake with water discharged.
Water is a limited natural resource, and businesses use about 25% of the water supplied in Greater Sydney. Population growth, combined with an increasingly variable and challenging climate, means we all need to work together to use water more efficiently. Take a look, and see how your business can contribute.
The value of managing water better goes beyond saving the cost of water on your bill. Managing your water use efficiently will do all this.
Save you money
As well as the obvious saving for the cost of water, there can be flow-on savings for water, wastewater, trade wastewater, chemicals and energy. You can also save on maintenance and capital costs of equipment by managing water better.
Contribute to a sustainable environment
You'll help reduce demand for water from dams and rivers. You'll also discharge less wastewater into rivers and oceans.
Help inspire your staff
You can build a culture of commitment, creating attitudes and business processes that improve morale and carry through to process improvements across your business. Improved corporate social responsibility leads to greater productivity.
Build your brand and improve your public image
This is especially important in drought conditions, when the community looks to big business to contribute. This can affect their purchasing decisions and your bottom line.
If we all save a little, together we can make a big difference. Download our Seven-point plan for holistic water management (194KB).
You can't manage any resource if you don't know how much you're using and where you're using it. Check:
This will help you establish a water balance and pinpoint where water may be lost in your business.
We may be able to help with advice or assistance to implement online monitoring. Online monitoring helps you track your water use in real time from your mobile device.
Identify savings with WaterFix Commercial
Non-residential buildings can make huge savings through our WaterFix Commercial water-efficiency program. Government buildings, schools and universities, theatres, office towers, hotels, shopping centres, neighbourhood swimming pools ... we could go on. The process starts with a free desktop assessment.
Avoid using water where you can. For example, sweep hard surfaces instead of washing them down. You can also avoid leaks by:
Find out more about leak prevention.
There are lots of ways to reduce your water use.
Reuse water from cooling towers or manufacturing processes to:
Reuse water must be fit for purpose. Consider getting professional advice, and refer to the Australian guidelines for water recycling.
You can recycle water by treating reuse water to a higher level before it's used:
Before recycling water, get professional advice, and refer to the Australian guidelines for water recycling.
As well as recycling water from within your business, consider using alternative water sources including:
Find out more about producing recycled water.
Saving water is not a one-off event. You have to commit to the long term for sustainable savings.
To realise the reputational benefits of saving water, you need to engage your staff and customers. Look at all the things you can do:
We have a number of programs to help businesses save water.