Edinburgh-based water retailer Business Stream has delivered nearly GBP 100,000 of funding to nine public sector initiatives through its annual Public Sector Scotland (PSS) Water Efficiency Fund.
The fund is part of a commitment made by the company to support public bodies across Scotland to deliver water efficiency projects designed to deliver environmental and financial savings.
This year’s successful candidates include a Glasgow City Council scheme aiming to help young children learn about the importance of saving water; an innovative water capture and recirculation project at the University of Glasgow; and the introduction of rainwater harvesting at NHS Tayside. In addition to providing funding, Business Stream will also support the delivery of each project.
Chief Executive of Business Stream, Jo Dow says, “As a responsible business, we are passionate about reducing our impact on the environment and helping our customers to do the same. It’s fantastic to be able to offer this fund to public sector bodies that are committed to reducing their water use and generating environmental savings.”
“The judging panel members were incredibly impressed with the ingenuity of the applications and we’re now looking forward to supporting these projects to help deliver environmental and, in many cases, financial benefits too,” Dow continues.
A spokesperson from the Scottish Procurement Utilities team adds, “Scottish Procurement and Property acknowledges the Business Stream approach to pro-active water management. The annual Water Efficiency Fund has identified projects which will deliver water resource savings and education opportunities. The Water Efficiency Fund supports the opportunity to reduce water consumption and provide financial savings for public sector customers of the ‘Water and Waste Water Framework’.”
The fund allocation process was overseen by a judging panel comprising representatives from Business Stream, the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), public sector bodies and Scottish Procurement.
In 2021, Business Stream announced that it has saved Scotland’s public sector over GBP 1 million in water costs during the first year of its 3-year contract. Just under GBP 1.4 million of savings were delivered to the sector through the retailer’s efficiency measures, helping to save 885 million litres of water in the process – the equivalent of 354 Olympic sized swimming pools.