Sydney Water's Every Drop Counts Business Program has experts working with businesses to work out how to change equipment and practices to best save water and money.
The commercial and industrial sectors account for around 19 percent of drinking water use in Sydney. Business water efficiency programs running since 2001 are saving over 24 billion litres of water each year.
For the majority of businesses, water services represent only a very small component of overall operating costs, and water efficiency programs have to compete for resources against other core business initiatives.
To overcome these factors, a range of successful programs has been developed to improve how businesses think about water and reduce their consumption. These include:
A 2009 publication from the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) provides examples of thirty four case studies, which show how the commercial and industrial sectors have responded positively to Australia's water challenge. You can download the WSAA report: Occasional Paper No. 23 - Meeting Australia's water challenges - Case studies in commercial and industrial water savings (PDF).
A range of other case studies and resources for the property sector are also available as part of the Water for Life Education Program.
To find out more view Chapter 6 of the 2010 Metropolitan Water Plan (PDF).