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Textiles manufacturing sector in Scotland could save 127,000 litres of water per tonne of product

. The results showed that each tonne produced was using an average of 145,000 litres of water every year. However, by implementing simple water efficiency measures businesses could reduce water use by up to 88 per cent – the equivalent of 317,500 cups of tea per employee.

Business Stream’s water benchmarking calculator allows organisations to input their water consumption and see how it compares against industry peers and rivals. Using this information Business Stream can then provide recommendations for businesses and implement water efficiency measures to help them make significant financial and environmental savings.

The majority of Scottish businesses pay for their water based on consumption meaning firms who manage their water use efficiently have the opportunity to make considerable savings. When the non-domestic Scottish water market opened to competition in 2008 businesses were given the right to choose their water provider for the first time. The introduction of competition was designed to improve service, help businesses reduce water costs and encourage innovation.

Mark Powles, chief executive of Business Stream, said: "This is a difficult time for all businesses, however, water is often overlooked as something which can actually contribute to the financial performance of a business.

"The textiles sector uses a lot of water and there is a real opportunity for it to lead the way in good water practice. There are a host of water efficiency services available which can benefit businesses and, importantly, these are very cost-efficient and can lead to demonstrable financial savings.

"It often only requires small, low cost changes within an organisation for significant savings to be achieved, to the benefit of everyone. Our customers can do some of these themselves, and Business Stream can help with the rest."

Since its launch in 2008, Business Stream has made £19 million worth of efficiency savings for over 100,000 customers and saved 12,000 tonnes of CO2.

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