Australia is the Earth’s driest inhabited country. Due to its geographical location, Australia has been shaken by more or less severe droughts throughout its history. The last, and probably worst, was the so called Millenium Drought. From 1995 until the official end in 2012, Australia experienced a serious shortage of rain and continuously decreasing ground water levels.
The Government reacted by implementing water restrictions which are partly still in place and by providing a total of $4.5 billion in drought assistance. In the long run, droughts will not only affect the environment, but will also become a huge economic factor for domestic industry.
This makes it even more important for us to manage drinking water in a sustainable and responsible way. There are several things that we can do, not only at home, but also at work, to make sure we are all doing our bit for humankind.
Check it out.
Maybe your company is already efficient at saving water (kudos to you!), but the only way to find out is to check it out! Contact your water supplier to assess the water that is being used. They can even provide some suggestions as to how you can save water depending on your city and according to your business size and resources.
Regulate your faucet water.
A great way to control the water that comes from your taps at work is to install tap aerators. This attachment is an affordable way to reduce water consumption, as it slows and regulates the stream that comes out of the tap (and it can help your company save money, too).
If it's broken - fix it.
You might not think that a leaking toilet or tap loses that much water, but it does add up. According to Thames Water, a leaking toilet can use as much as 400 litres of water each day. So go and get your toolbox, or pick up the phone, and get on with those repairs that you’ve been putting off.
Regulate your green grass.
With the nicer weather, a lot more businesses are taking care of their landscape, and although we always want the grass to look greener, we need to keep in mind what that will involve. Draw up a monthly water budget for your landscape work based on the water needs of your plant life.
Shut it down.
If water isn’t needed in certain areas of your building, shut it off. Shutting off water to unused areas of your facility will eliminate unmonitored use.
The power of knowledge.
We’ve said it before, knowledge is power! Put together a small pamphlet or an e-mail telling your employees how they can save water at work. Include tips like turning the tap off in between washing dishes, waiting for a full load before running the dishwasher, and scrubbing your hands at the sink with the water off.