More than 400 data loggers have been installed in just six months to track water use more closely across 24 hours and spot opportunities to cut waste at organisations in England and Scotland – with hundreds more ahead, the UK’s largest water retailer has revealed.
The work this year, follows more than 500 installed in the 12 months of the 2019 to 2020 financial year – with more than 1,500 installed since the start of January 2019 by Water Plus.
And the latest kit’s already identifying savings for organisations of various sizes, helping to protect them from interruptions to supplies on-site and keeping running costs low. This includes:
- A large data logger project this year found a site owned by a major multi-site distributor had seen a jump up in usage. An extra 1,000 litres were being used over 3 days, in June 2021, due to several toilet leaks – allowing them to react in a 24-hour period, rather than a month later. The water issue was fixed after the flag within 24 hours.
- During this year’s national lockdown (in January 2021) a gym chain had five sites losing more than 1,000 litres an hour – with a total of 9,800 litres an hour across those sites. This would cost around £700 a day for the supply of that water – around £248,000 if they ran for a year.
- Helping a train franchise operator identify ongoing leaks across 14 of their sites, including train stations, after alerts from data loggers. One of the underground leaks was even causing damage to part of a structure. Average weekly water loss across their portfolio of sites was 1,459 cubic metres of water (that’s 1.4 million litres) – at a cost of approximately £3,600 a week, between 1 January and 31 March, 2020. The water losses dropped significantly – more than halving – from early February 2020, as leaks Water Plus identified began to be repaired. All leaks were repaired in 2020.
Water Plus also provided information to help a multi-site distributor inform staff on steps to take if water stopped suddenly at a site, to help with contingency planning and business resilience.
Scott MacIndeor, Head of Advanced Services at Water Plus, said: “More organisations want to identify where water waste may be and spot any issues early that may cause disruption, which also help keep running costs low. Plus, less water waste means less carbon created, so less Scope 3 emissions, helping towards environmental targets and Net Zero.
“We partner with universities recognised in environmental league tables for the steps they’re taking and we’re currently working with a multi-site, with more than 150 sites, to help reduce their water consumption by 10% in the next 2 years, after helping installing data loggers on water meters, that feed information into a smart online portal to help track consumption – with updates every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.”
The ongoing work and the services the water retailer provide – helped one of the largest universities in the UK install 29 data loggers in 2020, which showed leaks on two sites – which were losing an estimated 100 cubic metres of water a day.
Another large university has been supported this year with their maintenance programme after 17 data loggers were installed in 2020, making more data on water consumption available to them to help identify any weak points on their sites’ pipework.
More on steps organisations can take to reduce water waste can be found at: www.water-plus.co.uk/sustainability .