New scheme receives Waterwise praise
IN an industry first a new certification scheme, aimed at recognising businesses that take steps to improve their water efficiency, has been launched by South West Water.
Organisations large and small that fall within the South West Water region are beginning to give more serious thought to the environmental footprint they leave behind. The new scheme will award three levels of achievement; basic, comprehensive and exceptional.
The different levels are designed to recognise the water efficiency standard attained, provide a creditable display banner, promote staff awareness and incentivise businesses to make improvements.
The scheme follows on from the Business Accounts Online (BAO) service South West Water introduced in 2001, which was also an industry first and which was short listed in the 2002 Utility Awards.
The BAO service is free to South West Water commercial customers and provides businesses with the tools required to measure their water efficiency, such as a secure log in, account overviews, consumption trending information, water efficiency calculator and embedded carbon indicators.
Jon Wood, water conservation team leader, said: "We will conduct a free water audit at a business premises and the report will offer our recommendations to improve water efficiency.
"These will indicate the levels of certificate that each improvement would achieve.
"As customers work with our water efficiency calculator, they will be able to see water efficiency increase as improvements are made."
The scheme has attracted the attention of Waterwise, the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK, who visited the company to learn more about the certification process and who intend to promote the scheme as an example of best practice.
Brian Hooper, Senior Consultant for Waterwise, said: "We are impressed with the tools available through BAO and especially impressed by and supportive of the innovative certification scheme as a means to further incentivise businesses towards water efficiency."
A mail shot has been distributed to all businesses using in excess of two mega litres of water per year and four seminars have been booked regionwide to help launch the scheme.
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Published: 09 January 2008