For your maintenance program to be effective, you need to monitor your water use. You also need to do routine site inspections. This approach can easily save your business water and energy costs.
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- Inspect your business every month. Focus on checking piping joints, toilets, showers, taps, pump seals, hose nozzles, shut-off valves and cooling towers.
Put food colouring in the cistern. If the colour shows in the toilet bowl without flushing, you've got a leak.
- Check equipment that uses water on a regular basis. Develop preventative maintenance schedules to help avoid potential issues.
- Check for leaks annually in underground or hidden pipe work. Ultrasonic leak detection units and pressure testing are available through leak detection companies.
Leaks are a significant cause of water loss. They often go unnoticed for two reasons: Lack of regular inspection and lack of reporting.
- Keep daily, weekly or monthly data of your water use, and always investigate any rapid changes in consumption. It is very important that identified leaks are followed up quickly. A leak of just 5 litres per minute can cost a business more than $8,700 in water use alone every year! (Based on 2014-15 prices).
- Install smart metering to monitor any unusual trends.
- Educate everyone living or working on the property to report any leaks. Then make sure the leaks are fixed immediately.
- Install leak detection auto-isolation valves
- Do a monthly inspection focusing on piping joints, toilets, showers, taps, pump seals, hose nozzles, shut-off valves, cooling towers, etc.
- Check for leaking toilets. The best way to do this is to put food colouring in the cistern. If the colour shows in the toilet bowl without flushing, you've got a leak.
- Check any equipment that uses water on a regular basis and put in place preventative maintenance schedules to help avoid potential issues. Poorly maintained equipment can be prone to leaks.
- Have underground or concealed pipe work tested. Plumbing companies can be employed to use acoustic leak detection units and pressure testing to locate leaks.
Business customers can access a full leak analysis service that helps provide a real-time view of water use on their properties.More
information is here.
Water Efficiency Toolkit
SA Water provides a toolkit for businesses that take through the first crucial steps in planning for water efficiency.
The plan automatically generates a water efficiency report and action plan for your business. All non-residential businesses can access our business support.
The Water Efficiency Plan Toolkit is free. You can download the file here [xlsm, 1.1 MB]. Remember to save a copy before you start to use it.