The global average temperature is rising, and populations are experiencing extreme weather across different regions and seasons. This is increasing the prevalence of water scarcity in different parts of the world. Reducing your water usage will not only contribute towards protecting our natural resources in the face of global warming but can also help to reduce your energy bills in the short-term. As one of London’s most sustainable venues, we have compiled some simple steps to help you to reduce your day-to-day water usage.
Using appliances efficiently can significantly reduce the volume of water used at home. Next time you start to fill your dishwasher or washing machine, wait until you have a full load before beginning the cycle. When it comes to tablecloths, our linen supplier, Johnsons Stalbridge Linen Services, has implemented measures to reduce energy and water usage as part of their Vision 2030 Commitments. Their commitments include reducing the water volume intensity across their operations by 25% by 2023.
Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and washing your face is a simple way to save water. If you forget to turn off the tap, you could be releasing more than ten litres of water per minute! We have installed spray taps and dual flush toilets in our washrooms at 15Hatfields to prevent excessive use of water.
Monitoring water usage at home is a great way to encourage yourself to cut down, as you can visually track your progress, in both environmental and financial terms. At 15Hatfields, we have a smart water meter to show us exactly how much water we are using. Installing a smart meter is the best way to ensure that you are being billed fairly as it allows the water supplier to calculate your bill based on usage rather than by estimate. You can prevent water loss by checking if your meter reading increases while you are asleep, as this may indicate a leak. For more advice on energy efficiency, see our tips to help deal with rising energy prices.
Carrying a reusable water bottle allows you to quench your thirst on the go without contributing to the mass of plastic making its way into the ocean. It is the ocean, after all, that provides and regulates our drinking water, not to mention our rainwater, coastlines, weather, climate, and the oxygen in the air we breathe. Yet, this essential resource continues to be polluted by waste in the form of pesticides, plastics and untreated sewage.
15Hatfields has historically worked with #OneLess bottle to become a free water refill point. In 2019, we also launched the Make Plastic History campaign and eliminated all single-use plastic from our venue. This involved finding a sustainable solution to bottled water. We invested in an in-house UV filtration and carbonation system which releases cooled still and sparkling water through a mains-fed dispenser, ready to be served in reusable glass bottles.
While we do our bit to save water in our homes and businesses, the UK Government has committed to introducing a Storm Overflow Discharge Reduction Plan by September 2022. This is to reduce river pollution and protect public health from sewage discharges, in line with the Environment Act. As the official venue of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), we recently welcomed new members to the CIEH Environmental Protection Policy Panel which has been campaigning around the UK Government’s Environment Act.