Water management plan
From a water management perspective there are a number of general steps that should be taken to move a site towards best practice. These will enable the site to be operated more efficiently and cost-effectively. Typically we recommend the following steps are taken:
- Month on month comparisons together with footfall data enable consumption benchmarking. An annual view will shows trends and anomalies.
- Flow monitoring service – install data loggers. Undetected leaks can cause significant financial loss. Install data loggers to revenue meters and possibly strategic sub meters.
- Conduct water efficiency reviews of both process and domestic use.
- Although water used for ‘domestic’ purposes may seem trivial, water saving measures can often be easily and cheaply introduced. Installation of one or more devices such as shower and tap flow restrictors can reduce water consumption and therefore water and sewage disposal costs.
- Conduct a water balance exercise. This is a check to review the volume of water going into a site, taking into consideration known losses not returning to the sewer and the volume of waste water being discharged. Direct measurement will produce a more accurate calculation but sometimes estimated volumes have to be used. This check helps to identify unaccounted for flow and leaks.
- Ensure distribution plans are up-to-date and there is an ongoing process to maintain. This ensures effective risk and maintenance planning. Undertake a pipe work tracing and mapping exercise if required.
- Install sub meters and additional stop cocks where appropriate. This offers the opportunity to assess usage in specific areas and the ability to control leakage should it occur.
"By installing a number of simple and cost effective devices we have managed to save approximately £4,000 a year off our water bills and cut water usage by around 1,000m3" Mark Bevan, Hoburne Holiday Park
- Check water pressure, especially in high rise buildings.
- Review opportunities for rainwater harvesting or grey water re-use to support toilet flushing.
- Review trade effluent sampling regime.
- Produce a contingency plan, should the mains supply be unavailable.
- Conduct an Energy Efficiency Audit to compliment your water management plan.