World Water Day 2017

World Water Day 2017

Today, the 22nd March, is a global celebration day, known as World Water Day, created by the United Nations back in 1993.  You may be asking why we need this – what’s it all about?

The United Nations General Assembly took the view that there was a vital need, to highlight to the world, the problems being faced globally with regards to water, not just as a natural resource – being the main building block in the life and survival of every single human being – but as a vital necessity for society and, for life as we know it, to be maintained.

In an ever-changing and developing world, water is needed on a health and social level, but in addition, a large part of our economy relies on water, with over half of the world’s population, in some way, working with water or being involved in water-related industries.  Running a small office with four employees, a small café on the High Street or a multinational corporation – all only continuing to trade and exist due to the provision of water.

To try and increase awareness and illustrate the concerns regarding water, the UN chooses a new theme each year – an expression of water’s importance that can be visualised and understood around the world.   Each country is encouraged to arrange events and celebrations for World Water Day based on their needs and requirements for water within their own national society.

For example, in previous years they have had Water for Sanitation, Water and Food Security (the lack of water means lack of food), and Water for Cities, responding to the increase in water usage due to our ever-growing urban cities.

Fresh water, in particular, is very much taken for granted.  For the majority of us, taking a shower, flushing a toilet and having a drink of water is a natural daily occurrence, however many countries around the world lack this basic resource resulting in famine and death.

The theme for 2017, is called ‘Wastewater’ and is highlighting the drastic need to reduce water wastage but also identify ways to reuse water in an attempt to maintain and improve the world’s demand on our precious resource.

Therefore, we thought it would be helpful – in giving our support to World Water Day – to provide you with some hints on how you can reduce your water usage, reuse your water and a key tip on how to check that you not unknowingly wasting water:-

  1. Fit your toilets with a double flush mechanism – this allows a very short flush (needed for most occasions) and reduces water usage.
  1. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth, just turn on to rinse.
  1. Shower rather than bathe – whilst we all love to stand and debate our day in the relaxing heat of a shower – let’s use it for what it’s for – get in, get washed and get out.
  1. Make the most of the rains – set up water butts around your property to make the most of storing the water which can be then be used for watering the garden.
  1. In hotter times, use pans of cooled cooking water or bath water to water plants.
  1. Make sure taps are switched off properly and not left to drip.
  1. And keep an eye on your usage by checking your water bills. Water leaks, even small ones, will be leaking clean water – water that incurred a cost to be cleaned and sent to your home – if you have a leak then you need to deal with the problem swiftly.

Working together to improve our water usage and learn to reuse water – just as we have with the recycling of goods and rubbish – is the aim and now, innovative technology has been created to assist with reducing water wastage.  If you are concerned that you have a leak in your home or business premises, then a simple scan of the structure of the property – using various types of technology such as infrared – can identify a leak or damp patch and pinpoint its location.  This allows a swift, cost effective, repair.

You avoid the cost of extensive rectification works and help to support the UN and World Water Day by being more conscious of the ways in which water can be wasted.

Happy World Water Day!

Staff Accommodation – Start Saving Now

Staff Accommodation – Start Saving Now

Saving Money in Staffing Accommodation

It is well known that throughout Dubai, many construction companies save costs by setting up staff camps for use by their employees.   This benefits the employer by providing low cost, local accommodation that is convenient for working life.

However, some staffing camps can house more than 1,000 workers and as such the Maintenance Team will be looking for areas where costs can be saved and expenses reduced.   Bills will mainly include electricity and water and if any of these utilities are not properly maintained, hundreds of thousands of Dirhams can be wasted each year.

With multiple blocks providing hundreds of rooms, canteen/kitchen facilities, toilet, shower and washing facilities, the potential for a water leak occurring is high.   The problem however, with a site that size is where do you start?  With such a large area to monitor, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to be aware that you have a water leak, let alone identify its location.

With the camp facilities in constant use, given that many will be shift workers, the water supply will be continuously used day and night.  Management need to confidently maintain the water system as a whole and know that all the facilities are working as they should be; poorly flushing toilets, leaking taps or low pressure showers are not hygienic or appealing when returning home from a long shift.

So the question is how can you manage the site, identify issues and rectify them swiftly.  Whilst a burst pipe can cause immediate costly damage, a leaking pipe that is in a wall or ceiling cavity going unnoticed for months or years could cause a wide spread amount of damage, not only to the aesthetics of the building but the internal structure, with the remedial costs being extensive.

A regular low-cost system of monitoring and inspection would assist the staff camp’s management in keeping costs under control.  With new advanced state-of-the-art technology, a two-staged approach could be set up:-

  • Phase 1 – (Annual Inspections & Monitoring) would be to commence an overall level of monitoring. The equipment uses sensors to quickly identify leakage and easily offer information on the exact location of leaks even over large areas.  Along with technology-based investigations looking for indications of damp or wet patches.
  • Phase 2 – (In-Depth Inspections) would be a staggered, more in depth inspection which would concentrate on scanning key areas such as roof, chilled water lines, kitchens, water & drainage pipes, shower cubicles and toilet facilities. Scanning/Inspecting the building’s structures periodically would allow a problem area to be identified.

The two phased approach not only indicates if a problem is detected, but the sensors can specifically identify the location of the leak to allow a swift, low-cost repair to be carried out.

The potential benefits of this approach for operators of a typically sized staffing unit, annual savings could be as much as 500,000 AED or more in water-related operational costs alone when a full review and prevention schedule has been instigated.

Staff camps are designed to assist both employer and employee by providing affordable, clean, safe living accommodation enabling key staff to live close to their working environment.  What you do not want is mouldy, stale smelling, damp rooms, creating huge financial concerns and causing unhappiness and sickness throughout the working community.

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!