Water is one of the most important resources we have. And water efficiency is a very important topic when it comes to sustainability.
No one can live without water, and this should be reason enough to make us rethink and change our attitude and consumptionhabits – especially in the salon industry!
Before we dive into some more information about Denmark, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the ressource…
Our daily activities, agriculture and other industries require large amounts of water, as well as supply systems that enable water to reach our households, fields and factories.
In all of these cases, wastewater is produced, and if the wastewater is not properly treated, it can pose a threat to our environment. Non-treated wastewater becomes a polluting agent and, because it’s not reused, it puts even more pressure on our freshwater supplies.
Denmark, NATULIQUE’s home country, is well-known for its water quality and for its efficient water management systems and low consumption of the resource. Surrounded by the sea from almost every side, Danes have always had a close relationship with water.
Over the past 30 years, the Danish government has established multiple measures to tackle the long-predicted scarcity of water. Since the 70s/80s, Denmark has reduced its water consumption by 42% in several cities.
With the Danish Water Action Plan, Denmark was also the European pioneer in introducing national criteria concerning nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plants in 1987.
Nowadays, the Danish water sector uses only 1.8% of the nation’s total energy consumption. The city of Aarhus, where NATULIQUE’s headquarter is located, aims to make its water cycle energy neutral by 2020. Other cities in Denmark seem to follow this. Those are definitely ambitiousgoals, but they will make it possible to fight the water challenges we will face in the future.
A consumer survey done by the Danish Water and Wastewater Association (DANVA) in 2006, proved that satisfaction with water suppliers, water quality and security of supply in Denmark is very high. The cost of clean water represents only 13% of an average Danish family’s annual living expenses.
Water efficiency is everyone’s responsibility!
An important part of the success of the Danish water management system comes from the effort of the population. By making a few changes, the Danish water consumption has decreased by 15% over the last 10 years. At this point, every Dane only consumes an average of 104 liters of water per day.
Water savings result from a combination of water saving campaigns, such as new installations of showers and toilets.
It is easy to recognise that each one of us as individuals, citizens, hairdressers or salonowners have a role in protecting this precious resource. Everyone knows that in the hairdressing craft, water consumption can be a problem.
Thinking about this, we came up with some tips that you can use to save water in your hair salon.
Have a look and take some notes!
Turn off the water when not in use (between shampoo and conditioner, or while doing hair treatments), and remind your co-workers to do the same.
Regularly check for and repair leaks in your hair salon.
Replace older toilets with water efficient toilets.
Install waterless urinals.
Change your shower heads to water efficient shower heads. They are designed to increase the pressure so you dont need as much water.
Install a high efficiency water heater. This saves water since you don’t let it run until it heats up. It also saves energy, because you don’t have to continually heat the water in your tank.
Purchase water-efficient washing machines (A+++), and only run them when fully loaded with towels.
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