We have recently carried out Smart Water Audits on behalf of Tamworth Regional Council. The team have investigated many large water using businesses in the area to help uncover some excellent opportunities for scale water savings.
Reid Butler, Principal of REIDenvironmental, our Smart Water Audit partner, said this of his experience in Tamworth over the last month or so;
“Since these businesses are situated in a drought affected region, many of them are well aware of the need to be water efficient.
A great deal of them I spoke to have already started to make great inroads over the years.
We are really helping them with fine tuning now with some businesses looking to optimise their processes, their efficiencies and their ability to implement water harvesting techniques or alternate supply/uses of waste water to reduce demand on potable supply.”
Many of the businesses our team audited were eager to implement new ideas and ways to improve their business.
Schools in the area are doing great work. Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School is working out how to divert stormwater into a dam for re-use They have a high demand for their on-site farming as well as playing field irrigation.
Concrete batching plants who rely on water to make their product, are well into recycling and they collect on-site water really well.
Hotels are really going for it - dual flush toilets everywhere, efficient kitchens and no irrigation.
Adam Jones, Water Efficiency Lead at BMT, had this to add, “Many of the industrial sites are already water efficiency leaders within their own brands, but we have been struck by how engaged and open they have been to looking at taking things even further. There are some remarkable ideas coming out, and I think it highlights the genuine commitment to smart water management in the region.”
Audits have all been done so now we are just finalising the reports to share with Tamworth Council and the businesses.
We should expect to see some significant reductions in the regions water use as a result.
Thanks to all the businesses and to REIDenvironmental and BMT. This team has certainly worked up a thirst on this project so enjoy a nice cold ‘Welders Dog’ courtesy of the Armidale Brewery!