How the retail industry can conserve more water

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How the retail industry can conserve more water

Saving water goes beyond the household. As difficult as it is to save water in commercial industries, there are a number of attempts that retail owners can do to contribute to an overall water-saving mindset.


Where to start…

Saving water while maintaining cleanliness is the biggest challenge for modern-day retail businesses. Before taking the plunge on your water-saving initiative, a good start would be to compare water use to other industry benchmarks. This will provide an estimation of the average water use for a specific industry sector, helping you to evaluate current consumption patterns before analysing your own.


Conduct a facility audit to quantify water use

A water audit should be the first step to any efficiency programme. If this is the route you want to take, hire a professional with specific expertise in industrial water systems, to carry out a proper survey that will guide your business in its operations. Once you understand the various water saving opportunities that can be done within your business, your organisation can also identify saving opportunities that serve as a benchmark from which water savings can be tracked. And once you have received your audit, you can investigate the feasibility of the following general options in your operations:


  • Reducing the flow of water

Identify the equipment that can be modified in order to install a water-saving device that works hand-in-hand with your units. If your business operates with machinery and equipment that requires a lot of water to be able to operate, it is worth upgrading your equipment to be more water-efficient. This also means that whatever new equipment you purchase will also contribute to energy savings. When using water in your operations, try to switch to waterless processes where possible. This also includes recycling and reusing products where possible. If you are uncertain of how to go about this, PROXA Water offers water systems for both commercial and industrial companies to help reduce water consumption.


  • Building facilities

Any business facilities that have restrooms or showers should make sure to install efficient monitoring systems that allow you to adjust water flow and pressure of toilet flushes or the amount of water people use to wash their hands. With any laundry that needs to be washed, try to monitor and decrease your usage. At least try to be smart with the amount of laundry you do every week by setting multi-loads to run efficiently with separate settings for each cycle. This simple step could help to decrease water consumption drastically.


  • Think out of the box with your kitchen

If your business success relies on your kitchen, then it needs to be in your best interests to go the extra mile to try and save water with everything that you do. Here are a few tips that can be considered:

  • Make an effort to rinse dishes with an efficient pre-rinse spray valve.
  • Use a dishwasher that is built for energy saving.
  • Research dipper well technology and try to install flow restrictions to support it.
  • Test and purchase a boilerless item to replace boiler based food steamers.
  • Be sure to strain your food, as the water strained can reduce water used by garbage disposals.


  • Get your employees involved

The working force consists of hundreds and thousands of people. Your employees are the people that are going to make the change, so start by educating your staff on the importance of saving water. By creating a workplace culture that takes pride in efficiency and how serious such an act can be, it will encourage workers to monitor each other and create even further awareness around these topics in their own personal lives. With circumstances already becoming so serious, businesses should start incentivising individuals who take initiative in saving water and implementing these procedures. It should also be something that is part of their performance reviews, especially for line managers.


  • Equipment changes

Be it for industrial or commercial purposes, cooling towers take up a large percentage of water consumption. For businesses that have these, they should look for ways to improve efficiency.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Eliminate once-through cooling.
  • Install a conductivity controller on each tower.
  • Install overflow alarms in or close to these towers.
  • Use high-efficiency drift eliminators or install submeters to monitor the water consumed by each.

Of course, the first step to making a change is educating the person in charge, so try to create awareness before implementing changes that some individuals might not understand.

  • Other factors to consider

When it comes to cleaning your floors, make sure that you only use a broom and unless absolutely necessary, use a hosepipe or mop to clean up. Water brooms are superior to hose and spray nozzles in both water efficiency and cleaning effectiveness. Also, try to make use of non-potable water for industrial process use. Any other water can be substituted with non-potable or reused water.  


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