We are actively managing our water consumption across our estate to ensure that we are operating as sustainably as we can! Over the course of 2019, we switched to a national water retailer, which has given us a comprehensive oversight of our water consumption across our estate. With the help of our specialist water consultants, we undertake site audits, benchmarking exercises, leak detections, repair inspections and take on-board efficiency recommendations to continuously improve our environmental impact with regards to water.
All of our Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) sites have Automatic Meter Reads (AMR) installed as it is important that our highest water using sites are accurately and continually monitored. This enables us to understand our water use patterns and identify efficiency opportunities. All new RDCs also have rainwater harvesting as standard and the vehicle washes use recycled water.
To reduce our water consumption further, we inform and encourage our colleagues to use water responsibly, reduce their water consumption if they can and to notify the relevant stakeholders as soon as possible when a leak is detected. This work is naturally leading to positive behavioural change across all colleagues within our business.