Population growth, economic development, poor infrastructure and natural disasters like drought have over time made water a rare commodity. A utility that was once perceived inexpensive and in plenty, is slowly becoming scarce and water provision systems are trying to keep up with the high demand that is also increasing at an alarming rate. Residents are now faced with water restrictions, with many places experiencing water rationing, leading to inconveniences.
Water providers are now faced with the challenge of reducing utility use without necessarily interfering with supply of the same. As much as water resources are finite, the world is marred with a constantly growing population thus declining the availability of quality water supply. For this reason, we are pushed to utilize the existing water resources carefully and efficiently. To achieve this, it is important to perform a water audit. Water audits provide a rational and scientific framework that places in categories all the consumption in your water system. Water audits strive to reduce drought related challenges, water shortage, leakage and loss. At Merculex Energy, we assess water systems to help reduce any water related challenges that may occur.
The good news however, is that, water providers are beginning to implement a water conservation program that is set to bring a return on investment and value for money which is easier to justify. And this is because they embraced water audit which helps to identify the steps that can be taken to reduce water use and still ensure efficient supply of water. Water conservation is becoming an important issue especially with the growing population which results in use of more water. Performing a water audit has proven to be the most effective tool in helping manage water us.
Why perform a water audit?
Just like energy, performing a water audit is an essential step towards understanding the level of use and how it can be reduced while still maintaining efficiency. Auditing occurs right from the point of entry all the way to the point of discharge into the sewer. Auditors set out to identify every point of water use and estimate the quantity of water used at every stage. They also identify unaccountable water loss and possible leaks that can be fixed to reduce the loss. Auditors also provide potential water saving ideas and implementation costs.
Apart from the quantity of use, water auditors also take into consideration water quality. A potential water saving scheme could be achieved through recycling of water collecting rain water. Auditing helps identify alternative sources of water which help reduce utility costs and ensure constant supply of water.