St Bartholomew's House
A data logger installed on the water meter at St Bartholomew's House in East Perth revealed consumption had increased by 50,000 litres a day. An investigation resulted in the discovery of a faulty valve that once repaired saved the business more than $100 per day.
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Why we acted
We were always concerned that our rainwater reticulation tank was topped up by scheme water but we had no idea just how much water was being consumed. The savings in dollar terms is significant and allows us to put the money saved to more services for our clients. A massive saving for a not-for-profit organisation.
Graham Patullo, Manager Commercial
We couldn't work out why we were using so much water plus our annual water bill was exorbitant with no obvious reason as to why.
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How we did it
We had a number of plumbers investigate our building for leaks with no result. The need to develop a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) led to a greater involvement with Water Corporation, who suggested a data logger may help. The data logger alerted us to the spike in consumption and the constant base flow caused by a faulty valve.
The data logger graph showing the spike and the constant base flow.
- Low flow, 5 star rated fixtures
- All outlets fixed at 9 litres per minute
- Plumbers to investigate the increase
What we are doing now
We now use the data logger to monitor our water use. We also build awareness of water use by educating our staff and the building's residents. A Water Efficiency Management Plan has been developed for the site and is assisting us to mange water use.
We also switched off the reticulation to all but one garden in the Aged Care section and now hand water twice weekly for the other main garden areas.
Who to contact
If you would like more information on water efficiency in your business please email us.