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    James Longley

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    Last Updated March 6, 2023

    Business water bills can be surprisingly costly. A business water audit is a strategic service which can help to bring them down, while also providing solutions to maximise efficiency. It’s conducted by a professional auditor, who’ll visit a company’s premises and assess water consumption levels.

    Water audit services also help business owners to avoid the most common errors associated with water charges, such as duplicate invoices, billing errors and estimated readings based on the rateable value.

    The advice provided can help organisations identify past losses, which can also help them to make cost-effective changes to future workspace water consumption.

    In an era of ESG (environmental social governance) policy, a drive towards water efficiency can also provide a credibility boost when it comes to sustainability.

    What Are The Different Types of Business Water Audit?

    There are two types of business water audit – water-saving devices audit and a comprehensive audit.

    They’re both very different, which makes it easier for professional auditors to identify the exact issues faced by organisations in specific industries – because water-related issues faced by one business in a sector are often encountered by businesses throughout the industry.

    What is a Water-Saving Devices Audit?

    A water-saving devices audit is the more basic of the two options. It’ll identify any basic changes that need to be made to the water-using appliances on your premises, such as running toilets, faucets, water treatment units and outdoor sprinklers.

    During the audit, these appliances will be checked for leaks (which can huge amounts of water to go to waste if left unidentified). It’s common for water-efficient fittings or retrofitting economisers to be recommended as part of the solution – with flow restrictors and tap aerators presenting great opportunities to maximise efficiency.

    What is a Comprehensive Water Audit?

    A comprehensive water audit is one mainly performed in the industrial sector, where water consumption is naturally far greater. It’ll effectively cover all kinds of water use within an organisation. Conducted by specialist auditors, it examines the ways in which programmed processes and equipment can be optimised to improve water efficiency levels, as well as assess drainage and supply.

    Some of the recommendations a comprehensive water audit can provide may include using rainwater collected in water butts to power outdoor sprinkler systems or diverting ‘grey water’ from sinks or washing machines to instead flush toilets – rather than paying additional money for fresh water.

    Auditors will also consider the quality of your organisation’s water supply. At the end of the process, the audit will ultimately show how much water your business consumes and how much water could be saved by implementing the audit’s findings.

    What are the Benefits of a Commercial Water Audit?

    You can avoid some very common (and sometimes costly!) issues, relating to duplicate invoices, estimated readings and billing errors. However, here are some of the other benefits you could enjoy from arranging a business water audit on your premises:

    • Identification of potential refunds from water companies – where there have been instances of billing errors, for example.
    • See the opportunities where your business could save money.
    • Industry benchmarking and nationwide cross-referencing – you’ll get a better idea of water consumption across the country.
    • Enhanced understanding of target usage.
    • Validation of future market opportunities.
    • Improved employee engagement with your company water consumption – it’s a great opportunity to get people thinking about usage.
    • Comprehensive jargon-free rundown of your water bills.
    • Proactive handling of common payment anomalies – so, you can ensure you’re paying the correct amount.
    • Investigation of fixed charges and trade effluent consents.
    • Confirmation of suitable meter sizing.

    Want to save your business some money and play your part in the fight against climate change? Maximising your water efficiency through commercial water audit services could be a great start. You could also save money by switching water suppliers – get in touch with our team today on 0800 007 4001 .

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