In Business/Industry Water use and allocation are increasingly important issues, both locally and globally. Many North Carolina businesses have already implemented best management practices and installed water-saving devices. These businesses using water more efficiently have realized more than just the environmental benefits for their behaviors; they've also enjoyed the cost savings that go along with it. Water efficiency measures can reduce water and sewer costs by up to 30 percent. In addition, energy savings can be realized by using less energy for heating, pumping and treating water. Environmental benefits include increased water available to local stream ecosystems and underground aquifers, and decreased energy, infrastructure and chemicals needed for local water treatment. This page is intended as a resource for those who want to get started using water more efficiently in their business. In the Resources section, you'll find everything from technical fact sheets and industry-specific information. You can even join efforts with other businesses across the U.S. by learning about the North American Alliance for Water Efficiency. The N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service is also available to help business and industry through on-site water audits and waste assessments, or support over the phone, just call 1-877-623-6748.