Organisations have saved more than 800 million litres of water – enough to fill 339 Olympic sized swimming pools – thanks to water efficiency work by Water Plus.
Magnesium Elektron, the magnesium manufacturing and supply company, saw water wastage at a manufacturing site on its network reduce by 2.4 cubic metres an hour by working with Water Plus.
The firm’s water consumption was analysed at the site and tracked. It revealed there was 2.8 cubic metres of water an hour being lost when water consumption should have been almost zero at the time. Water Plus helped locate and fix the leak and Magnesium Elektron saved around £35,000 a year on its water bills.
Water Plus also discovered and stopped a leak at another industrial manufacturer, saving the business £36,000 a year.
Sue Amies-King, Chief Executive of Water Plus, said: “We provide a range of water efficiency services for organisations of all sizes across the UK, with leak detection and repairs being just one element of that. We have saved organisations thousands of pounds through our work on water efficiency and that figure continues to grow as more businesses get to hear about what we can do for them.”
In other work, Greater Manchester Police found its water consumption at a training site was higher than expected. Water Plus helped locate and fix the repair on a fractured water main, saving the police force a significant amount of money.
At one secondary school, the Water Plus Advanced Services team identified and repaired a leak which would have cost the school £63,000 a year had it not been found and fixed.
One hotel saved £12,000 a year when Water Plus helped the site find and stop a water leak.
The water efficiency work has been possible due to the water market opening in England for businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
It means, for the first time, they can choose a business water retailer for services including their billing, customer service, account management and water efficiency advice. Water Plus is a joint venture between United Utilities and Severn Trent Water.
Sue Amies-King said: “The water management services team at Water Plus help customers to proactively manage their water, wastewater and trade effluent on site, as well as providing a 24/7 emergency response for our larger business customers, to deliver contingency water and on-site emergency repairs.
“In our experience, savings can be made across all businesses and organisations – from the corner shop, to a school or a large manufacturing business with complex water or wastewater processes. There are a number of ways to save on costs, reduce consumption and reduce administration.”
Water Plus has also created a water efficiency app, developed by water experts, to help businesses identify where they could make savings on the water they use.