Esos for water: Why wait to discover the obvious?


waterA prominent energy consultant recently floated the idea of creating a water equivalent to the Energy Saving Obligation Scheme (Esos). He called it Wsos. While Esos may be struggling to gain traction, and the Environment Agency may find itself without the budget to enforce the scheme, the principle of auditing water use as part of a broader resources audit is sound. But then, asks Water Solutions in this sponsored post, why wait to be told what you already know?

Recent reader surveys by The Energyst suggest that getting projects signed off by finance departments often represents the biggest barrier to unlocking efficiency projects. Esos represents an opportunity to show the finance director exactly how much energy each part of the business is using, potentially helping to help build the business case to unlock the necessary budget. A Wsos or Rsos (resource saving obligation scheme) would take that a step further.

Most facilities, energy and resources people will already have a very good idea where they could make efficiencies and an audit is unlikely to deliver some kind of eureka moment. But it does oblige companies over a certain size to actually do the survey and the sums, add them up and have a director sign them off. The thinking is that a director who signs off an audit which points out exactly where the company is wasting money might start to give resource efficiency greater priority.

As any facilities manager will know, water and energy use are interlinked. The opportunity to save both resources varies sector by sector and business by business. But there is one area which wastes more water than most and is common to virtually every business: the toilets.

Water saving devices for both men and women’s washrooms are abundant and many products deliver substantial savings. However, there is one way of guaranteeing even more savings: Don’t use any water to start with.

Water Solutions’ Waterfree Urinal System is a simple way to save 150,000 litres of water per urinal a year. It is a fit and forget technology that delivers payback within eight months. After that, every drop is improved bottom line profitability. The technology, using one way valves and enzymes, is simple and proven, which is why companies from Ocado to Bluewater and Moto Road Services have specified it and are now saving water, energy and crucially, money.

The directors of those organisations didn’t need an Esos or a Wsos to point out the obvious.

Contact Water Solutions today and your finance director will soon be saving pounds with every penny spent. T: 01322 553030 e:

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  1. Its great idea Brendan someone has to put it together then administer, and police the scheme.
    I think the biggest challenge is locating enough Water Audit Experts to work on the scheme, unlike gas and power have a mature market water is way down below most companies radar although this is changing with the water retail market opening up in England in 2017 water is receiving more media attention and with increased publicity comes more awareness.
    We post quite a lot of content in our news section about water in particular case studies on water savings achieved, examples of water savings due to water leak detection and repair, and further examples of water bill rebates due to water company overcharging in one single case £242,000!


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