We’re taking part in Waterwise’s Water Saving Week 2020 to help remind us about the importance of saving water. In day to day life, it’s easy for many of us to take advantage of the seemingly limitless amount of water available to us. Yet, as humans, we rely on the world’s limited supply of water that is depleting due to the climate crisis, changing lifestyles and growing populations. We now need to value water more than ever and take action to reduce water waste and consumption. This responsibility rests with both us as individuals in our daily lives, and with water companies in trying to reduce leakage as much as possible.
“Taking positive action now can help to ensure that there is enough water to go around, for our families, for our businesses and for the environment.”Waterwise
At Shepper, we strongly support this cause as it aligns closely with our efforts to help water companies quickly find and resolve leakage. Leakage has been a long running problem for the water industry which we covered not long ago in our blog post on actual void and vacant properties. The problem is that when there are a large number of empty properties, it is difficult to check if water is being used and how that is being accounted for. What’s more, water companies may also not have accurate information about which properties are vacant or not. This means that there is often a large number of unreported empty properties that are recorded as just using water, when in fact this could be down to a leak.
Water companies usually rely on ‘desktop checks’ to see if a property is vacant or not which can be unreliable and inaccurate. Another way round this is to send teams out across the country to perform property inspections. The problem is that this can be very costly and requires a lot of travel, making this solution environmentally unfriendly.
Recognising the negative effects of this problem, we have been helping the water industry using our network of local Shepherds. Our Shepherds complete checks of vacant properties using the Shepper app, collecting real-time data that we then send to our customers. Not only is this a much more efficient and accurate way of reporting on leakage and empty properties, it is also much more eco-friendly. Our Shepherds are all local to the check locations, meaning that they are able to walk or cycle to get there. Our solution ensures that we help significantly reduce water wastage but also help stop unnecessary travel and carbon.
We also believe in the power that saving water has on communities. Using local people to complete checks will help them connect with how important water supply is. Our Shepherds can get involved in helping their community by actively reporting on leakage and water being wasted.
This piece was written as part of Water Saving Week 2020 which runs from 11th May to 15th May. Water Saving Week is hosted by Waterwise, an independent not-for-profit campaigning organisation, and the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK. Their vision is that water will be used wisely, every day, everywhere.