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Increasing water efficiency in industry can reduce use and produce a number of environmental and socio-economic benefits. Behavioural, operational and technological changes can all contribute to improved water efficiency in industrial production. Significant improvements can be achieved with more effective leak detection and repair of water pipes and use of new and more efficient technologies (e.g. pipes, smart dosage systems, timers, higher efficiency cleaning systems, water monitoring systems).
Increasing awareness and changing behavioural patterns can also reduce water consumption amongst workers. On a regulatory level, industrial water efficiency can be encouraged by establishing tariffs as a water conservation incentive. Industrial reuse and recycling also increases efficiency as it creates a new water source that does not require extraction or transportation from elsewhere. This in turn reduces costs, energy use and pressures on freshwater sources.