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Scotland's textile industry can save water through sustainable measures
Nov '11
The water consumption ratio of Scotland's textile industries is considerably high and hence there is much scope for the industry to pioneer in water conservation by adopting good water practices.

According to Business Stream, Scotland's leading non-domestic water supplier, domestic textile production units can annually conserve over 127,000 litres of water per ton of product by adapting to best practice usage.

It would not only help environmental conservation but would also help these units to save thousands of pounds as most of the Scottish textile firms pay for the water on the basis of their consumption. Thus, efficient use of water could help these firms to considerably cut down their water bills.

Business Stream conducted an analysis of average water used by the textile firms in course of manufacturing process and compared the same with the results of industry's best practice consumption.

As indicated by the analysis, around 145,000 litres of water went into production of one ton of product per year. However, this usage could be reduced by up to 88 percent by simply adopting water efficiency measures.

The standard water consumption calculator developed by Business Stream allows enterprises to insert their water consumption figures and compare the same with the consumption of their industry counterparts.

Also, based on this information Business Stream could further provide suggestions for implementing water efficiency measures to reduce water consumption.

In 2008, when the non-domestic Scottish water market was exposed to competition, for the first time the enterprises got a chance to select their water suppliers. The competitive sphere was aimed at improving services, while helping the enterprises to cut down on their water costs and promoting innovation.

According to experts, presently most of the businesses are facing tough times and are exerting to reduce costs. But, most of the times they fail to consider water as an important factor that can actually help them improve their financial performances.

There are a number of cost-effective water efficiency measures which involve only small, economical changes within the unit and can prove advantageous for business, particularly in terms of financial gains and environmental sustainability.

Since its inception in 2008, Business Stream has helped more than 100,000 customers to save £19 million by way of efficiency measures and saved 12,000 tonnes of CO2.

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