Integrating Rainwater Harvesting Into Your Environmental Management System
This article provides a framework for businesses considering integrating rainwater harvesting into their environmental management system (EMS) with the aim of complying with ISO 14001.
What Is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an effective EMS. It is a voluntary standard but many organisations choose to pursue ISO 14001 certification as a way to improve their overall environmental performance and to demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable future.
As well as being a sustainable and responsible practice, rainwater harvesting can be integrated and considered as part of your EMS to meet ISO 14001. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help get you started!
Assessment & Planning
Conduct a thorough assessment of your site to determine the feasibility of rainwater harvesting.
Identify areas where rainwater can be effectively harvested, such as rooftops. Use our handy rainwater harvestingcatchment calculatorto determine your minimum tank size.
Determine where the water storage can be located – e.g. above or below ground.
Consider local climate patterns, rainfall intensity, and potential water demand.
Ensure that your rainwater harvesting system complies with local regulations and standards related to water use and environmental practices.
The Environment Agency will not regulate harvested rainwater provided its use does not harm the environment. To learn about this you can click here toread moreon this publication.
Use feedback and performance data to continually improve the environmental management system.
Audit & Certification
Conduct internal audits to assess the effectiveness of the rainwater harvesting system.
Seek external certification or verification to demonstrate compliance with ISO 14001 standards.
By integrating rainwater harvesting into your business, you are contributing to water conservation efforts and demonstrating a commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices.
Contact Us To Find Out More
In the quest for sustainability and compliance with ISO 14001 standards, integrating rainwater harvesting into your environmental management system emerges as not just an innovative solution, but a necessary step towards a greener future. Please get in touch today to find out more about our rainwater harvesting systems and retention systems and join us in making a significant impact on our planet's future — one raindrop at a time.