The non-household (NHH) market and its customers consume around 30 per cent of the total public water supply in England. That’s roughly a third of the water. Imagine that was a third of your income – you would soon notice that amount! This 30 per cent, because of the way NHH customers use water, could make a significant contribution to meeting sector challenges around water scarcity and supply/demand.
However, NHH customers are very diverse and use water for a range of different purposes. This depends on their industry, scale, the customers they serve and where they are located. Add into that the fact that different regions across England and Wales have different water challenges, with some more impacted by water deficits or flooding, and you can see that understanding this diversity is key to developing the right water services for NHH customers and helping them to reduce their impact on the environment.
That’s where data comes in. To better manage your water usage, you first have to understand how much you are using. It also helps you know if the area(s) where you do business is particularly water stressed – as reducing water usage in these areas can make a big difference. Smarter use and better sharing of data – not just MOSL data, but national data - can help us understand how, when, where and why NHH customers use water, share that information with them and enable the market to develop tailored messages and services for these customers.
MOSL’s new Water Efficiency dashboard brings supply and demand data together, linking NHH demand data with supply data from across the industry. From regional Water Resource Management Plans through to classified water stress areas right down to Water Resource Zones (WRZs).
The dashboard, which MOSL shared with its water company members in August, enables users to filter by NHH supply, supplier and industry segment and by specific attributes relating to water scarcity. Alongside this, MOSL also published three supporting map views to show geographic boundaries and summary attributes for the six water resource planning regions, 23 water company-based water stress areas in England and the 138 water resources in England and Wales.
On 28th September, MOSL shared its new dashboard publicly on its website to enable more people to understand NHH demand in their areas and shine a ‘green’ light on potentials for water saving.
Check out the Water Efficiency Dashboard on the MOSL website here.