Is your business or place of work polluting our waterways - find out below
Why should we be concerned ? Just like water from our homes, water from our businesses eventually flows into nearby rivers, either via the sewer system and treatment plants or stormwater channels.
Rivers are much closer than you think and what gets poured down the drains at work may be causing unnecessary pain for our rivers, especially the wildlife. Pollution can also make our urban lakes unfit for swimming and other recreational uses.
We all have some impact on the quality of water that passes through our places of work. There are lots of ways each business can reduce its river footprint. Try our quick general checklist below to see how you can be a responsible worker or business operator and help revive our rivers.
In the coming months we will have available more detailed checklist for a range of business types.
If sponsors come on board this will be sooner.
Once you've done this audit, why not go on to do the checklist to find out how to save water around the workplace too.
Business - river pollution general checklist
(Suggestion: you may want to print this out so you can write on it as you work through or download it as a pdf file here)
Kitchenette or staff rooms:
Bathrooms and showers:
Parking areas and other hard surfaces:
Workshop (where this applies):
Gardens and lawns:
Renovations, or business expansions:
There are 22 questions above. If your business scored above 18, then you're doing a great job. Keep it up, and maybe try to get closer to 22 next time. Between 12 and 18 there's clearly scope to do better. Under 12, then your business certainly has room for improvement. Set some targets, and re-do this checklist in a few months time to see what difference there is.....the rivers will thank you.
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