Clean water is essential for human life. It makes up more than half of our bodies, ensures our well-being, and enables food production. But it’s not an infinite natural resource. Already, millions of people have to deal with water scarcity on a daily basis, and that number is steadily climbing. With the real estate sector responsible for more than 10% of the world’s water consumption, focusing on your company’s water efficiency is crucial. How to get started? At Smartvatten, we’ve got you covered.
Water efficiency is about more than reducing the direct consumption of water. It’s aimed at both reducing the unnecessary use of water and making its consumption more sustainable, by focusing on responsible solutions for the use and supply of water. That means optimizing your water functions, without compromising the comfort and convenience of your tenants’ water supply. Here are 5 actions you can take to become water-efficient.
1. Get your ESG performance assessed with environmental certifications
Companies like GRESB and BREEAM evaluate your portfolio. The assessment takes into account your approach to water efficiency, and awards you points based on how well you do. It also gives you valuable insight into numerous different ways to make your properties more sustainable.
2. Implementing technology to measure water consumption
When you have access to real-time data on your water consumption, you can find out exactly how much you’re using, where you can improve, and whether there are leaks. Small leaks often go unnoticed but can lead to thousands of euros in waste and damage. Smartvatten not only tracks your consumption by the minute, but it automatically notifies you when you have a leak.
3. Adjusting water pressure levels
A significant amount of water is unnecessarily wasted when water pressure is set at an excessive level, which often happens in apartment buildings around the world. Water pressure should be set at a level that allows water to flow smoothly to the highest floors and is still sustainable.
4. Installing water-saving fittings and devices
Water-saving showerheads, taps and dual flush toilets can save up to dozens of liters of water per end user every day. All without compromising the user’s convenience, ensuring the ongoing satisfaction of your tenants.
5. Using energy-efficient household appliances
Investing in technology that avoids wasting water also applies to the home. Providing appliances like low-water-use washing machines can save a considerable amount of water and money.
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