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20 May 2012

This new Waterwise report examines the water efficiency educational programmes that have been carried out in schools in the UK.

Water companies and other organisations undertake an array of work with schools, in order to provide water efficiency education to pupils. However, there is little evidence of the effect these programmes are having on children’s and parents’ water-using attitudes and  behaviours, and on water use in schools and at home.

The 'Investigating the impact of water efficiency educational programmes in schools: a scoping study' report categorizes water efficiency educational programmes, and examines the available evidence and attempts to provide some guidance on future directions these programmes should take.

The first thing we learn is the first thing that should be done when taking an educational programme into a school: a baseline understanding of water usage should be established, against which post-education activity results can be compared. Where an education programme consists of more than one activity, they should each be evaluated separately in order to better understand which activities are more effective on behaviour change. In all cases, water meter data and/or water bill figures should be used to assess reductions of water use in the school. 

The 'Investigating the impact of water efficiency educational programmes in schools: a scoping study' (PDF)

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