Water efficiency conference outcomes

29 March 2012

At Waterwise’s annual water efficiency conference in Oxford last week the leading voices in the water sector met to discuss how to help all of us waste less water.

At the conference, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Professor Sir John Beddington, set the scene with the combined global challenges of climate change, population increase and urbanisation, and reminded the audience that all UK water basins are predicted to have a supply deficit by the 2020s.

Water Minister Richard Benyon set out the measures the government is taking to address the current drought and future challenges, saying that it wanted to see energy efficiency behaviour change replicated in water, and is asking water companies to set out how they will reduce the amount of water each of their customers uses. See the full list of presentations.

There were also panel discussions, a water efficiency exhibition and a full day of presentations.

Jacob Tompkins, Waterwise’s Managing Director

“There was a fantastic level of debate at our conference about how we can engage with people to help them waste less water, at an individual, household and community level. We know that there is going to be less water and more people in coming years, and we need to step up our water efficiency activity not only to address the current drought but also in the long-term. As the hosepipe bans come into force next week, the water industry needs to build on its good work with customers on water efficiency, and significantly scale it up”.

Water Minister Richard Benyon

I want to end by thanking Waterwise for bringing people together and focusing minds, not just on the urgency of the problem but on the strategic decisions we need to take to ensure the security of water in the future”.

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