10-step water efficiency guide launched for Scotland's public sector
A new 10-step guide advising how public bodies can save water and help to save £2bn for the Scottish economy has been released by the Government-funded Resource Efficient Scotland programme.
A Guide to Improving Water Efficiency provides simple, free or low-cost solutions to improve water efficiency in the NHS, local authorities, emergency services, colleges, universities, and government agencies, giving advice on areas ranging from toilet flushing and hand washing through to measuring and monitoring.
Resource Efficient Scotland is a Scottish Government-funded programme that helps businesses and public and third-sector organisations save money by using resources more efficiently. It is estimated that by making more efficient use of resources such as energy and water, Scottish organisations could deliver over £2bn of savings to the Scottish economy.
"Water efficiency measures are not yet standard practice across the public sector and wider organisations in Scotland," said the head of Resource Efficient Scotland Marissa Lippiatt. "While there is considerable attention on improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprint, there appears to be a lack of focus on the management of water use.
"Our guide can help organisations introduce tried-and-tested water minimisation projects across their organisation and we look forward to helping them save money and water."
Zero Waste Scotland, which is delivering the Resource Efficient Scotland programme, is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low-carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities. Last month, edie reported on a new partnership formed by Zero Waste Scotland to help accelerate the country's progress towards a circular economy.
Private businesses have also been called upon to save water in a six point plan by Business in the Community from a report released last month highlighting the water challenges faced by the UK.
The Ten Step Guide: