Water Saving Week highlights links between water and energy use
This year’s Water Saving Week, an initiative run by Waterwise, is running from 23-27th May 2022. The campaign is focused on how water will impact our future – the UN citing water as the primary medium through which we will feel the effects of climate change. It highlights the link between water usage and multiple areas of our daily lives to show just how important saving water is to the sustainability of the planet.
Water and Energy Usage
Did you know that all sources of energy require water for their production? Energy is also used in the delivery processes of water through pumping, transportation and treatment. 15% of global water withdrawals are for energy production and our global energy consumption is expected to rise by 50% in the next 10 years or so. By 2035, this will have the effect of increasing water consumption by 85%.
Energy prices are also at unprecedented levels and making simple changes to how we use water can help reduce wastage and save money spent on energy. A staggering statistic is that in businesses and organisations, 24.28 million litres of water get used daily for electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply.
That’s why it’s so important to focus on water efficiency now so that we have enough of this finite resource to support the increase.
How can you reduce water and energy usage?
One area that Diamond Controls can help businesses and organisations to reduce their water usage is through our Leak Detection Systems. Even small water leaks, if left unnoticed, can mount up to higher water usage, causing long-term damage as well as higher costs. For example, it’s estimated that up to 29% of businesses have leaking toilets and this is contributing to over 400 litres of lost water every day.
Our leak monitoring products provide pinpoint alerts via sensors and probes. This way you’ll be informed as soon as a leak occurs, saving this valuable resource, potential damage and costs to your property.
Energy usage for hot water
A great way to reduce both energy usage and water wastage is through Hot Water System Trace Heating. It keeps hot water at the correct temperature within water distribution pipeworks and is highly efficient, reducing water consumption and power for optimum use of hot water systems.
One of the best things about hot water maintenance is the amount of water you can save by using trace heating to produce instant hot water. A 200 room hotel, for example, will save enough water to fit the average swimming pool every month! It’s also a highly energy-efficient way to heat your water supply, saving you up to 50% compared with traditional flow and return systems.
The themes for water saving week this year are:
- Monday – water and energy
- Tuesday – water and social justice
- Wednesday – water and food security
- Thursday – water and health
- Friday – water and the natural environment
Waterwise is an independent, not-for-profit UK NGO focused on reducing water consumption in the UK. Their work drives and promotes water efficiency to help support people, the environment and the economy. Learn more about their work and the Water Saving Week campaign.