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Sainsbury's debuts 'water neutral' store

October 23, 2013

Sainsbury's debuts 'water neutral' store

Sainsbury's Weymouth Gateway store will be fully "water neutral", after the retailer installed measures to capture rainwater and sponsored local water efficiency initiatives to cover its entire demand.

Around 70 percent of the building's water needs will be met through rain water harvesting and other water efficient infrastructure. The remainder, some 4.5 cubic metres a day that needs to be drinking quality water, will be offset through investment in water-related projects at nearby Weymouth College and Wey Valley School.The supermarket claims that as a result, the total water used within the local catchment area will not increase as a result of this new store, meaning the development meets the government and the Environment Agency definition of "Water Neutral".

Neil Sachdev, property director at Sainsbury's, outlined in a lecture earlier this week how water shortages are among the biggest global challenges faced by retailers and warned that water risks are likely to increase as the climate changes.

"Water scarcity is becoming a very real challenge and to ensure we have water in the future, we need to find ways to reduce what we use right now", he said. "We believe we can help safeguard what we'll need in the future by taking action now.

Read more at Business Green.

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