Businesses comprise large part of water usage

Many understand the impact of Murfreesboro water usage as a consumer, but there is a question if everyone understands water usage when it revolves around businesses. Households for the most part use an average amount of water each day that doesn’t vary significantly form home to home. But on the other hand, big businesses can use water in great amounts each day.

According to an article from The Guardian, agriculture is the biggest business sector as water accounts for 69% of global use while industry claims around 19% of water use. When water scarcity occurs in such examples as California recently, water rates rise as well.

The article raises a few questions specifically about businesses and water usage:

  • Are companies setting water targets?
  • Do corporate water targets make sense?
  • What would meaningful water targets look like?

 The first step, whether a business or individual, is to not view water as an abundant resource. It is limited and finite and water usage standards should be enacted now to ensure for the best use of water in the future.

The article cites companies such as Nestle and Coca-Cola who have put in place targets to lower water consumption by a given time period.

In the same manner, companies need to consider outside vendors and other companies who are part of their production or manufacturing process.

Jason Morrison, head of the CEO Water Mandate, says “however efficient you are within the four-walls of your operation, if the water basin you depend on is mismanaged then your business will still be at risk.”

So what does water usage look like for businesses in the future?

Information will be key as many businesses may seek to work with environmental organizations and research companies. With information and data, specific standards and water methods can be put in place for proper benchmarking and goals for later years.