Final Call For Businesses to Pull The Plug on Water Waste

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Sustainable business experts Envirowise are issuing a final call for businesses to sign up to The Rippleffect, a free resource efficiency initiative focused on supporting companies as they look to improve their water efficiency, reduce water consumption and future proof against the bottom line effect of rising costs.

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While cost-savings may be a key driver for water conservation, companies that do so demonstrate to customers that they are adopting best environmental practice. This in itself offers a competitive advantage.

With water companies outlining plans to increase bills between 2010 and 2015 by up to 22 per cent, those taking part can expect to make cost savings as well as improve their environmental credentials.

Envirowise, a government funded programme that offers practical environmental advice for businesses, says it is possible for a business that has not considered its water use before to make savings of up to 30 per cent of its water and effluent bills, and these savings can increase to 50 per cent by investing in long-term water saving projects and water-efficient technology.

Through implementing a number of simple low and no-cost measures to improve water efficiency including fixing dripping taps and installing water-saving devices, Envirowise estimates that businesses in England and Wales could be making annual savings of up to 3.2 billion cubic metres, worth around £9.4 million per day by reviewing their water usage.

Mary Leonard, a director at Envirowise, says: "Water is still considered by many as a cheap and limitless resource. The reality is that costs are rising and we are using far too much of it putting pressure on existing supplies.

"While cost-savings may be a key driver for water conservation, companies that do so demonstrate to customers that they are adopting best environmental practice. This in itself offers a competitive advantage."

The Rippleffect is open to businesses of any size in England. The final deadline for joining the six-month initiative is 10 September, 2008. Those interested in signing up for the free initiative can call the Envirowise Advice Line on 0800 585794 or visit: http://www.envirowise.gov.uk/rippleffect
Envirowise offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact.

Defra - 'Future Water' Government strategy for England (visit http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/water/strategy)

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About Envirowise
Envirowise is a Government-funded programme dedicated to putting the sustainable use of resources at the heart of UK business practice.

Since 1994 Envirowise has helped UK businesses save over £1bn by enabling them to significantly reduce their environmental footprints.

Envirowise offers businesses of all sizes and sectors a wide range of free, independent and practical advice designed to genuinely improve their processes, profitability and competitiveness. Services include:

  • The Envirowise Advice Line on 0800 585794
  • An encyclopaedic website (http://www.envirowise.gov.uk) of valuable and relevant information
  • Over 200 events each year, from Product Design Workshops to major exhibitions

Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme
Companies can also take advantage of the Water Technology List which details water efficient technologies and products that can qualify for up-front tax relief by claiming Enhanced Capital Allowances. This allows them to write off the whole cost of their investment against their taxable profits of the period during which they make their investment.

For more information visit: http://www.eca-water.gov.uk

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Telephone: 0117 973 1173     
Email: ccharles @ brayleino.co.uk or hjones @ brayleino.co.uk

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