All businesses should have a robust water management plan to stay compliant and ensure operations run effectively. An effective water management plan helps you protect health, ensure regulatory compliance and maintain a positive reputation.

At Aquatrust, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive water hygiene solutions that help businesses navigate the complexities of water safety and compliance. Our friendly, skilled team brings a wealth of expertise and skills that help safeguard your business, staff, customers and reputation.

What is a water management plan?

A water management plan is a comprehensive strategy designed to ensure the safety, efficiency and sustainability of your organisation’s water systems. It involves monitoring water quality, preventing contamination and maintaining compliance with the relevant regulations.

For businesses, a proper water management plan is crucial for several reasons:

  • Health and safety: Prevents waterborne diseases and ensures a safe environment for employees, customers and visitors.
  • Compliance: Helps meet the relevant legal recommendations.
  • Cost effectiveness: Helps to reduce water waste and the associated costs.
  • Reputation management: Demonstrates a commitment to both safety and environmental responsibility.

Why implement a water management plan?

Implementing a water management plan offers a number of benefits for your organisation. At its core, a well-designed plan helps you safeguard against potential risks associated with water systems, particularly the threat of Legionella. By addressing these risks, you’re demonstrating a commitment to the highest standards of safety and care.

Beyond just health considerations, a water management plan offers compliance benefits. It ensures compliance with UK regulations, including the Health and Safety at Work Act. Laws in the UK mean that building managers and business owners are legally required to be mindful of the risk of Legionella in their properties, and a water management plan including regular Legionella risk assessments is the most effective way to manage the risks. A water management plan also helps you comply with the standards detailed in the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8 and Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2010, helping you establish a proper compliance maintenance system and undertaking necessary remedial work as and when required.

Finally, by optimising your water usage and system efficiency with a water management plan, you can benefit from substantial cost savings over time, by:

  • Reducing water wastage, saving a significant amount of water
  • Identifying and repairing issues early
  • Reducing energy consumption

How to create a water management plan

Creating an effective water management plan can be a complex process, and it’s especially daunting if you’re unsure of the steps to take. A water management plan needs specialist knowledge and expertise. That’s why the best way to approach the task is by partnering with experienced professionals like us at Aquatrust. We can ensure a comprehensive, compliant and tailored plan for your organisation.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a water management plan:

  1. Initial consultation and site survey
    We’ll start by discussing your specific water management needs and objectives, so we can tailor our approach to your unique requirements. Our team conducts a thorough site survey to assess your current water systems and identify any risks.
  2. Risk assessment
    One of the key parts of our water management plans is conducting regular Legionella risk assessments. We’ll identify any potential sources of Legionella bacteria in your water systems using a thorough assessment that’s compliant with the Health and Safety at Work Act and ACoP L8 standards​.
  3. Developing a water management plan
    Based on our earlier assessments, we develop a customised water management plan for your organisation. This is designed to mitigate any risks and comply with all the relevant regulations. We’ll work with you towards set goals and objectives, like reducing water usage and improving the efficiency of your systems.
  4. Implementation and training
    Our team ensures all the recommended measures are put into practice, including installing necessary equipment, scheduling regular maintenance and setting up any monitoring systems needed. We can also provide comprehensive training for your staff on your new water management protocols.
  5. Ongoing monitoring and maintenance
    Continuous monitoring is important for the effectiveness of your water management plan. We offer remote water monitoring systems that provide real-time data on your water temperature, helping us detect issues early. Our maintenance services keep your water systems in optimal condition, and include cleaning and disinfection, remedial works and periodic risk assessments.
  6. Reviews and improvements
    We conduct regular reviews of your water management plan to guarantee it stays effective and up to date. Based on any findings, we’ll make the necessary adjustments or improvements to your plan to ensure it continues to meet your needs and compliance requirements.

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Implementing an effective water management plan is important, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. By partnering with a trusted organisation like Aquatrust, you gain access to a team of qualified professionals who can guide you through the complexities of water safety.

Our team is here to provide the support you need to ensure your water systems are safe, efficient and compliant. We’re committed to delivering services that go well beyond a box-ticking exercise – we’re here to help you truly safeguard the health of your organisation.

Do you want to learn more about how we can help protect your organisation? Our friendly team is ready to provide the expert support you need, breaking down the complex requirements of a water management plan into clear, manageable steps. Get in touch today to find out more.