Businesses set to see water savings flow with top tips from Resource Efficient Scotland

New water efficiency advice from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Scottish Government-funded Zero Waste Scotland, could help Scottish businesses tap into cost savings and improve their green credentials.

22 May 15

In just two years, Resource Efficient Scotland has helped 134 Scottish organisations to identify ways to save money by using water more efficiently, identifying over £1,230,000 of saving opportunities.

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of the Resource Efficient Scotland programme said:

“Water efficiency can often be overlooked by time-pressured businesses, but we know from our work with organisations across sectors that taking simple steps to reduce water use can lead to huge savings.

“To highlight this issue and help provide practical advice to businesses, we’re running free training events and webinars in June, and providing lots of practical advice and resources on our website. In addition, businesses looking for specific support can call our helpline and speak to an advisor.”

Businesses can take action to save water and money by following Resource Efficient Scotland’s top tips:

  1. 1.    Understand your bills – It’s important to know how you’re charged for water to ensure that you’re best placed to respond to opportunities for improvement and respond to any issues.  Make sure you know the period of time that your water bills cover.
  2. 2.    Conduct a site walk around – This is a great way to identify quick-win opportunities, and to determine whether you have any leaks or faults.  This should be done on a regular basis, and it can be useful to do this when the business is closed as well to make it easier to listen and look out for running water.  Our free walk-around checklist is available from the Resource Efficient Scotland website.
  3. 3.    Stay in control with good monitoring – Collecting regular water meter readings will allow you to track your water use, your performance and also to quickly identify any issues that occur, such as a water leak or excessive use.  A useful measuring and monitoring spreadsheet is available to download free from the Resource Efficient Scotland website.  You can also find a video showing how to read your water meter correctly.
  4. 4.    Reduce domestic water use – There are lots of low-cost technologies you can take advantage of to help reduce toilet cistern flush volume, reduce tap and shower rates, and reduce urinal flush frequency.  These improvements have short payback periods, especially if incorporated into a refurbishment programme.
  5. 5.    Engage your staff – This can have a big impact on the amount of water wasted.  When staff appreciate the value and cost of water they’re more likely to use it efficiently, report leaks or faults, and help to fix issues.  Resource Efficient Scotland has created a Staff Engagement Toolkit which can be downloaded free on our website.

For information on our event, briefing and webinar; or to access article, tips and case studies, visit

Case study – The Glasgow High School Club Limited

After attending a Resource Efficient Scotland water efficiency workshop, Keith Hodgson, Estate Manager at the Glasgow High School Club Limited, started looking at his water bills in a new light and now monitors its use.  He’s since seen the financial benefits of making small changes, such as altering the urinals’ flush cycle and fill valves in the toilets, and is now looking to make further improvements going forward.

Keith said: “Resource Efficient Scotland’s water efficiency workshop provided me with the knowledge I needed to consider water use in my organisation.  As a result, I have made lots of small changes which have allowed me to cut our water use by 75%, saving around £6,000 a year.” 

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Notes For Editors

Editor’s Notes

  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. As a facilitator and enabler of change, we help to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and promote responsible water use – all as part of a journey towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • Resource Efficient Scotland was launched in 2013 to help businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.
  • Resource Efficient Scotland can also be referred to as “a programme of Zero Waste Scotland.”
  • Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
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