Water Industry News

What Is A Water Audit?

As a business, it’s important to keep a close eye on all your outgoings so you know that you’re not wasting money anywhere or spending unnecessarily – and this is as much the case for your water supply as it is anything else.


A desktop water audit can prove particularly useful if you are worried that you’re spending too much on your water, as this compares your water usage, including volumes, against what you’re being charged for by your water retailer.


The aim is to reveal any inconsistencies that have led to you being billed incorrectly, as well as coming up with key recommendations on how to reduce water usage and thus lower your bills.


For bill validation, we will ask you for a complete record of your water supply and wastewater billing dating back at least a year. If you have numerous different sites, we will need bills from each of them and from every supplier you use. This will give us full visibility of your water expenditure so we can help you regain control over a very significant business overhead.


Once this has been completed, you are then better able to explore even more ways to save money and become more water efficient, which is becoming increasingly important these days, what with the pressures of climate change, globalisation, urbanisation and extreme weather events like flooding and drought.


Did you know that some parts of England are expected to see serious water shortages in as little as ten years’ time? Taking action now can help ensure that your business operations remain resilient, even if water supplies do dwindle – and you’ll be helping to make sure that this doesn’t happen by making improvements to your own water footprint.


We can also carry out a water use survey, finding out how water is used across every site you operate. This will give us a picture of actual use, which we can then compare against your bills and recommend water-saving solutions as time goes on. As your business needs change, this also means we’re better able to give you guidance and advice, as well.


Recommendations to improve water efficiency range from prioritising water leak detection and repair to rainwater harvesting, which involves collecting and storing the rainwater that lands on the roof of your premises. This can then be filtered and reused instead of mains water, useful for the likes of toilet flushing, laundry and process water, and vehicle washing.


You can also use lightly contaminated water (known as greywater) that is created through the use of showers, sinks and washing machines for similar applications, including flushing urinals and toilets, as well as irrigation.


This helps to reduce the amount of water being taken from fresh sources, as well as driving down the amount of wastewater flowing to treatment facilities. If you’d like to find out more about saving water, get in touch with SwitchWaterSupplier.com today.