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5 ways businesses should
use water to grow

Managing your property’s water can have a huge impact.

How you use your water can determine how healthy your stock or produce become. It can also determine how much water is available for you start new projects and grow your business. 

Correct water management will also prevent you from being at risk of losing your water licence, as Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) restricts improper use of water and has the power to reclaim your water allocation if unlawful use is detected. 

Because of this, we’ve put together 5 tips for using water to help grow your business.  


This advice from our business partners and in-house experts discusses both how to make the right plans for your current water usage, and also how to find new water solutions, including buying and selling water. 

We believe these ideas will not only help make your water use easier and more efficient to manage, but can also grow your business in the long term.


1. Plan

Have you ever encountered a water emergency? 

It’s that moment when you realise that something is wrong. Your water pump has broken, and you can’t feed your stock or water your crops. You heart races as you call the irrigation technician, hoping that he’s not ‘booked up’ for the day. 

It’s at these moments you realise that ongoing maintenance of your water assets is a better solution than constantly responding to emergency situations. 

It would be better to regularly check and maintain your groundwater infrastructure instead of risking your production.  

The same applies not only to keeping your equipment maintained to regulation, but also keeping records of your water usage, and managing your water to be used efficiently throughout the year. 

When it comes to your entire business operation, making a good plan will not only help to regularly manage water problems, it will help you to save water, budget and cut costs, and even profit from your unused water usage. 



2. Solve

It’s one thing to make a plan, it’s another thing to find solutions that maximise the way water can benefit your business

Some business owners find that they need to overhaul their water operations completely instead of planning to maximize water with inefficient systems. 

Simply checking your old pipes every-so-often isn’t a plan that will add much value to your business. Especially if you’re using a lot of water on your property and need to use it efficiently.

Let’s look at another example. Let’s say, for instance, you need more groundwater on your property. 

The solution to this will change depending on the size of your property and your water needs. You may either need a water bore, or a water licence, or both. Because of this, a customised and detailed solution is the only way you’ll achieve your water goals

Click here to read our article about buying more water for your property or business. 

To access more water, you’ll need more than a plan, you’ll need to find the right expertise to solve the right problems and help you reach your goals.

We know that most business owners don’t have time to grasp a detailed knowledge of water management or even liaise with DWER alone. It’s one thing to make a plan, but another skill to delegate that plan to people who can implement the right solutions, so you still have time to focus on improving your business    



3. Trust

Instead of re-educating new contractors about the ins-and-outs of your water systems every time you need something fixed, it’s better to find the right people and to trust them to help you manage your water long-term. This will not save you time and allow you to improve your water usage over time. 

We know that businesses have very different water needs than residential properties. You’re looking for quality systems that span your entire operation. 

While it might be easy to micro-manage a tradie as they fix a leaking pipe in your home, you’ll need to trust the people building and managing quality water systems across your entire property. There’s no room to ‘micro-manage’ where high-quality water systems are concerned. 

This is why you need to find people that care about your business, and who take pride in delivering a great result

At BD Water, we have an excellent track record of achieving outstanding results for our clients.
We’re passionate about delivering water solutions that add value to our clients’ businesses. 

Visit our website at www.bdwater.com.au to view some of the projects we manage.



4. Trade

When business plans change so do water needs. Because of this, we advise that business owners should be prepared to trade water. 

You won’t be able to run your business or property successfully without enough water week-by-week. 

Alternatively, when plans change you could find that you have too much water. This could put your water allocation at risk of being reclaimed, as any portion of water that is not used under the activity of the licence becomes invalid, and it can be reclaimed by DWER.

This could mean you will need to amend your licences to keep your water allocation or sell the water you don’t use so you don’t risk losing the full allocation. 

In other circumstances you might be seeking a temporary water licence transfer to complete a specific project

Becoming an expert at managing your water involves flexibility. If you’re prepared to buy, sell or transfer water licences when business needs change, you’ll make the most of your water usage. 

Meet Water Manager – our new platform for trading water licences. 

Water Manager was created to help you expertly manage your water licences. Buy and sell water licences with ease on Water Manager, and be confident your trades will be approved. 


Try Water Manager today, at app.watermanager.com.au.



5. Improve

It’s best practise to correctly measure your water to improve your usage over time

This will make your water use more efficient, both for the growth of your business and the benefit of the environment. 

If you keep track of your water use, you might find that year-on-year you don’t use a significant portion of your water allocation. 

If you are not fully utilising your licence, you should sell a portion of the allocation, and receive some financial benefit. Otherwise, you are non-compliant with your licence conditions if you’re not using within 5% of your total allocation, and the government (DWER) may detect and reclaim the water you don’t use without any financial compensation. 

Being able to measure and improve your water operations will give you control over making your water more effective for business growth over time. 


Plan, Solve, Trust, Trade, Improve (Repeat!)

At Water Manager we can help you with every stage of the planning, implementation and maintenance of a professional water plan for your business. 

Our water applications and trades have a 100% success rate. This means that we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your water goals are met, saving you the frustration of your applications being rejected by the DWER. 

Our industry accomplishments, clients and partners also attest to our proven track record of achieving water goals for a range of small and large-scale businesses. 

We can help you take control of your water to help you focus on growing your business. 

Contact us today for a free on-site review of your water: 

(08) 6117 2752


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