Does your business have a strategy for water management in place? If not, then now is the time. Here’s 5 ways you can start reducing office water waste.
Our usable water supply is finite. Due to the growing population, by 2050 global water demand is estimated to increase by up to 30% causing fresh water shortages.
Water pollution and access to water are also a matter of concern. Thirty-seven countries are currently facing “extremely high” levels of water stress, using more than 80 percent of their available water supply every year, according to World Resources Institute’s water stress rankings. By 2050 MIT researchers foresee that some 52 percent of the world’s projected 9.7 billion people will live in water-stress regions.
So how can we as individuals and entities avert the water shortage crisis?
Research shows that over 80% of wastewater flows back into the environment without being processed or reused. Conserving and reusing water at homes and in offices, will reduce the impact of water shortages during droughts and when there is limited access to fresh water resources.
Moreover, saving water also saves money, as water treatment and delivery requires major spending. Therefore, socially responsible companies should include initiatives concerning water management into their CSR agenda and pay close attention to optimizing water usage.
Here are 5 water reducing initiatives that ISS have found commonly occur in their client buildings. You can use these at your workplace to decrease your environmental impact:
Head of Energy & Sustainability - Global Operational Excellence at ISS A/S