The Environment Agency has reminded businesses of the benefits associated with implementing water saving measures.
With water being a declining natural resource, Environment Agency figures have shown that by 2050, the effects of climate change could mean that the amount of water available per person in the UK will have been reduced by 15%.
Recent Environment Agency research has shown that, as a whole, UK businesses could save 9.8 billion cubic metres of water a day and make financial savings of £3.5 billion a year through implementing simple water saving measures such as fitting water minimising controls to taps and educating staff about the importance of water efficiency.
Implementing water efficiency measures could also help significantly reduce the UK’s carbon emissions as, annually, the supply and treatment of water in the UK accounts for 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency said:
“Water resources are already under pressure because of the increasing numbers of people living in certain areas - in some parts of the country there is less available water per person than Spain or Morocco.
“As well as reducing the UK’s carbon footprint, reducing demand for water will help protect wetland habitats and wildlife, as well as helping to ensure that there is enough water for people and the environment in the face of climate change.”
Posted under Water Efficiency and Effluent Management on 24 July 2009