22 August 2008 | Paul Snell
Sustainability adviser Envirowise is offering buyers and their companies free guidance on how to save money on their water bills.
The government-backed organisation said firms would be able to make savings of around 30 per cent on water and sewerage costs if they have not considered their water use previously.
The group said simple measures such as fixing dripping taps and installing water measuring devices could save firms in England and Wales a total of 3.2 billion cubic litres of water a year, equivalent to around £9.4 million a day.
"Water is still considered by many as a cheap and limitless resource. The reality is costs are rising and we are using far too much of it, putting pressure on existing supplies," said Mary Leonard, a director at Envirowise. "While cost savings may be a key driver for water conservation, companies that do so demonstrate to customers they are adopting best environmental practice."
Buyers have until 10 September to sign up for the free Rippleffect scheme. Firms will work with Envirowise to collect data on water use, draw up an action plan and implement it.
Those wishing to take part should visit the Envirowise website http://www.envirowise.gov.uk/rippleffectregistration