How your club can save money on water

Here’s our top tips on how you can get your club saving money.

1. Is your club paying the best price for your water?

Non-household water accounts, including sports clubs, in England and Scotland get their water retail services (like billing, meter reading and account management) from a water retail company like Water Plus. Your local water company still provides fresh water and takes away and treats wastewater, but it’s the retailer who sends you the bill and who you pay.

This all means you can speak to your retailer to make sure you’re on the best price and contract for your water usage, and it might mean there’s savings to be made.

2. Check your club isn’t paying too much for surface water and highways drainage.

This is the rain that falls on to your property and the surrounding area, which drains away into the sewers to eventually be cleaned and reused. As a sports club, there’s a fair chance some of your rain water is draining away on to grass areas – which means you can pay less! For amateur clubs there’s even concessionary schemes to help bring the costs down.

It’s best to get in touch with your water retailer and get them to help you to check all this out. You can also find out more in the help and support section of Water Plus’ website, on the Ofwat site (if you’re in England), and for Community Amateur Sports Clubs in Scotland there’s information about the exemption scheme on the mygov website

3. Invest in some water efficiency gadgets, they’re quick, cheap and an effective way to get going.

Water saving tap inserts reduce flow rate in your taps by half, down to 5 litres a minute compared to the standard 10 litres.

Fit flow control shower heads have a regulated flow rate of 8 litres per minute compared to a standard 15 litres per minute flow rate. You’ll save a lot of water and cost, but the rugby boys and girls will be just as clean.
Sensor control tap, flushmatic urinals, save a flush bag…. the list goes on. Not the most exciting sounding one we know, but they can really make a difference to your club. 

4. Leaks, dripping taps or old hose pipes (with more water coming out of cracks than the end of the pipe!) – these and other water wasters can be more costly for your club than a leaky back four.

On average a leaking tap can waste up to 5,500 litres of water a year. Fix it and you’ll instantly save over £100.  Making sure all your water fixtures, fittings and equipment are working properly is an easy money saver.
A leak from a broken pipe you’re not aware of, because the water is seeping away unnoticed, is even worse. Once water has passed through the water meter it’s judged as having been used and you have to pay for it – even if it’s been lost from a leaking pipe.

Leaks can lead to a nasty surprise when the bill arrives and have a real impact on your club’s finances. So it’s important to keep an eye out for the condition of your pipes, for leaks and for wasted water. The first tell-tale signs of a leak is an unexpected increase in your bill or higher than usual meter reading.

5. Your sports club is already one big team, so make the most of this to get everybody behind a water saving drive.

Make everyone at the club aware of what you have to spend on water, set a target for the saving you want to achieve, and let everyone know what you’ll spend the money you save on. It’s a sure fire way to get everyone to care about using a bit less water.

If you approach water efficiency and savings like a match – control the controllables, minimise your weaknesses, do your homework on what can work to your advantage and have a clear game plan for the team; you’re sure to be on to a winner.