Nottinghamshire County Council is pulling the plug on wasted water at its buildings and has already saved taxpayers more than £300,000 in the process.
Over the last 18 months a variety of new measures have been introduced by the council to save water, get leaks fixed and chase rebates for inaccurate bills at Council buildings throughout the county.
The Council uses over 715,000 m3 of water every year - which is the equivalent of nearly 300 Olympic-size swimming pools and enough to meet the annual needs of around 7,000 average UK households.
The supply and treatment of water costs the Council around £660,000 per year, and Nottinghamshire schools a further £1million per year.
To improve water efficiency and drive down bills, the council has been working with water management firm, ADSM to identify ways to:
Install quick payback water saving measures in Council buildings
Make sure our sites are billed at the best possible tariff
Obtain refunds where water suppliers have overcharged in the past
Identify and fix leaks
Ensure the Council is being billed accurately for its water use
By the end of July 2012, the project has already delivered the Council savings of £315,488 - including £72,205 at school buildings and £243,283 at non-school buildings.
Coun Reg Adair, Chairman of finance and property committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said, “The savings we have made on water bills are a good example of the how the County Council is constantly reviewing the way it operates and finding new ways of providing services more efficiently, as well as providing added environmental benefits.
“Simple measures like encouraging Council employees to use water wisely, report dripping taps or plumbing faults all add up and can make a big difference.
“We’ve also made substantial savings by scrutinising the accuracy of charges that were being made and negotiating rebates. As well as receiving a lump sum repayment, this helps us to achieve year-on-year savings on our bills.”
Further new water saving intiaitives are ‘in the pipeline’. Items such as taps and toilets are being upgraded with more water-efficient models or features as and when offices or public buildings are refurbished, benefiting the environment and Council finances.