2.5 Water, drainage and cleaning products

In most places in Norway water consumption is not an environmental problem. But water heating consumes energy, and in this regard, there are several things you can to do protect the environment and save money at the same time. Good clean drinking water can, in some parts of the country, be a scarce resource.

At events such as festivals, it is highly important that everyone – artists, employees/volunteers, as well as audience – have access to drinking water. This is particularly important if the festival takes place in the middle of summer and the weather is hot. Alcohol drains the body of water, and easy access to plenty of drinking water is very important. Establish a good number of outdoor water posts across the site to ensure that everybody has easy access to drinking water.


The Øya festival equipped all volunteers with water bottles, put water drums on wheelbarrows, then roamed the area so the volunteers could refill. If you have your own facilities, it is possible to do several things to reduce the consumption of water and chemicals.

Below you will find tips on water consumption and the use of chemicals:

  • Make sure not to leave water running!
  • Use micro fibre cloths and mops wherever possible. They are documented as being an adequate substitute for soap. Surfaces will be left clean and free of soap residue.
  • Be aware of your use of chemicals. Establish good routines for cleaning that will ensure the least possible consumption of detergents, energy, and water.
  • Do not put too much water in the cleaning bucket. Less water means less soap and chemicals used for cleaning.
  • Make sure not to run dishwashing machines before they are completely full, and that the systems have fat separators.
  • The need for cleaning may be reduced by placing grates in front of entryways.
  • Make sure that chemicals are used in accordance with prevailing regulations for chemical usage.
  • Use a plunger for unclogging drains. They are effective and not harmful to the environment. If an acid or caustic drain opener must be used, always read the label on the bottle thoroughly for information on hazardous substances. Do not overdo the dosage!
  • Avoid chemical compounds that include chlorine (e.g. in PVC plastics, solvents and detergents).
  • Do not let paint remnants, varnish, oil, solvents, etc., into the drain/water system. This is hazardous waste and should be disposed of separately.
  • Make clear environmental demands on any cleaning agency or laundry service you hire to service your event.
  • If a cleaning partner or laundry is used, remember to demand their compliance to eco-friendly standards.

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