Water Journal : Water Journal May 2014
MAY 2014 WATER 31 Opinion What we need is for building managers to actively use the benchmarking tools available to identify where water ef ciency attention needs to be focused. These tools can be used as a continual check on the status of each site to meet best practice levels and stay functioning well; they can also be used to promote the success of the facility when trying to attract business. THE ROLE FOR WATER EFFICIENCY EXPERTS If water ef ciency were part of the everyday actions of building and site managers, problems would be discovered more quickly, solutions implemented more cost effectively and ef ciency achieved on an ongoing basis. This is where the water ef ciency industry, as small as it is, needs to expand and work with facilities managers, building designers, town planners, council strategists and developers to both plan ahead for water-ef cient systems and to manage and maintain existing systems over the long term. Our industry training programs would then be relevant to more people and the outcomes of our work more useful and valued. Best practice guidelines are readily available to many business sectors to guide effective implementation of water savings actions. THE VALUE OF LONG-TERM THINKING There are numerous policies in place that aim to achieve wonderful outcomes that will not be realised for tens or even hundreds of years -- for example, climate change adaptation, city rejuvenation plans, or residential building controls that rely on a development turnover rate of 1 per cent. This does not mean that they should not be pursued now, because in 100 years their objectives should be achieved. With water ef ciency, the savings achieved today need to be checked each day and year to ensure they are maintained. Building and site managers need to be aware of the various ways in which their systems can be monitored and optimised cost effectively. Water ef ciency experts are needed to set these systems up in the most appropriate way and to benchmark buildings and measure their progress regularly. Best practice levels of water use for different industry and building sectors are an ever-evolving and improving thing, with improved technologies and management practices driving the ef ciency onwards and upwards. Water ef ciency actions need to be based on analysis of the best bang for buck, not the best newspaper story, and ef cient technologies need to be used where appropriate. Staff need to be made aware of their role in identifying and reporting issues, as well as operating water-using equipment ef ciently. Broad public and industry acceptance of the value of water and the real risk of future water scarcity needs to be promoted through continuing awareness raising by organisations such as AWA and our specialist network group. While these actions gain traction in times of drought, the price of true water ef ciency is eternal vigilance. THE AUTHOR Reid Butler (email: reid@ REIDenvironmental.com) is Co-Chair of AWA's Water Ef ciency Specialist Network Committee and Principal of REIDenvironmental (REID is an acronym for Research, Environment, Innovation and Design). DELIVERING PUMPING SOLUTIONS Call us to discuss your applications: Melbourne 03 9793 9999 Sydney 02 9671 3666 Brisbane 07 3200 6488 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.brownbros.com.au HYDROVAR, the modern variable speed pump drive is taking pumping to a new level of flexibility and efficiency.
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