Water saving tips for your cafe, restaurant or foodservice business


Why waste your hard earned money on water going down the drain? So many commercial kitchens, restaurants, cafes, hotels, bars & domestic facilities have water going to waste for no good reason!

We should always use resources conservatively. Remember the 3 R’s? Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.

Right now go and check every water supply and connection you have, and if it is leaking, get it fixed. You’ll save not only water but money. Arrange for your plumber to come for an hour or two at his off-peak time, and to bring plenty of spare washers. If you have specialty fittings, take photos and show him the brand, in case he needs to order parts in advance. It’s called preventative maintenance.

Do you know how much you spend on leaky taps? If you are leaking 1 litre every 5 minutes = 288 litres every 24 hours = 105,120 litres per year. Multiply that by your cost per litre to see how many dollars you could be saving, and adding to profit.

At $2.658 per kilolitre (thousand litres), that’s 105 x 2.658 = $279 on unattended drips per year!

Check these water connections for leaks, split hoses, worn out washers or broken pipes:


  • Sink taps and faucets
  • Spray Arms and Dishwasher
  • Woks and Pasta Cookers
  • Combi Ovens and Provers
  • Misting canopies…and anything else that uses water


  • Sink taps and washing machine taps
  • Cleaner’s sink taps and cleaning hoses


  • Toilet cisterns - is a leak running inside the pan?
  • Toilet tap on the wall - yes there’s a tap, aka the stop cock or shut off valve.
  • Hand basin taps
  • Shower taps - ever stayed in a hotel room with a dripping shower? Report it to reception immediately – they’ll thank you!


  • Ice machine tap and inlet hose
  • Post mix tap and inlet hose
  • Glass washer

The next thing to do is check your equipment for water & power efficiency. Why use more than needed? If you’re not sure where to get the information about consumption or who best to repair the leak, talk to your equipment supplier or a kitchen consultant.

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By Cathy Goodwin CFSP | Senior Consultant

Cathy Goodwin & Associates - Foodservice Equipment Consultants. Your fresh set of eyes...

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