Level 1 water restrictions now apply.
While the majority of customers should be able to accommodate these restrictions, we recognise that some businesses rely on outdoor water use for continuity of operations. Water use for critical business activities may be exempt from restrictions.
Find more detailed information on your obligations as a business during Level 1 water restrictions or to apply for an exemption.
With a little inspiration and innovation, there are many opportunities to reduce water consumption in heavy manufacturing operations, without reducing production.
Begin the Process
- Conduct a water audit of the site. This may involve installing sub-meters and data loggers to track real-time use, a water balance of the site, a detailed inventory of existing plant, equipment and plumbing, operational procedures and detailing opportunities to reduce water consumption on site. Advice on conducting water audits is provided in the texts listed in the resources section. Contact us to find out more about our Large Customer Audit Program.
- Develop a standard reporting procedure for water issues. This should include:
- Total water use over a defined period (week, month, quarter).
- Water use performance of major plant and processes.
- A comparison to previous water use patterns and identified goals.
- Issues that need addressing (such as leaks), and responsibilities for action.
- Establish a water conservation education program that encourages all staff to use water sparingly.
- Engage all levels of staff in brainstorming and developing water saving initiatives.
- Consider holding water efficiency awards to encourage staff to get involved. This is also a good way to collect and develop water saving ideas.
- Use real time monitoring of water meters including alarms and reports data to identify leaks early.
- Replace worn seals on water pipes.
- Repair leaking pipes, valves or other equipment.
- Monitor wash tanks and storage tanks to ensure they do not overflow.
- Ensure all taps are turned off when not in use.
On the Production Line
- Adjust flow rates to the minimum required for the operation.
- Make sure water sprayers and jets turn off when the production line halts or ceases. Use timers or motion sensors to do this.
- Install high pressure, water efficient spray jets.
- Install flow restrictors and regulators where appropriate.
- Use pedals and timers to deliver water only when needed.
- Use fogging nozzles to cool products.
- Inspect nozzles for clogging regularly.