Waterwise is the UK’s leading authority on water efficiency, having substantial experience delivering water efficiency initiatives and research projects within the UK and Europe, and of undertaking policy work for the UK Governments and the European Commission.
Since being founded in 2005 Waterwise has worked to promote a culture of water efficiency in the UK and abroad. Below is a list of some of our achievements and highlights.
Selection of Waterwise highlights
- Waterwise established the UK’s first water efficiency product award scheme (launched in 2006 as the Waterwise Marque, now known as the Checkmark).
- Developed the UK’s first water efficiency ranking of washing machines and dishwashers (as featured on Direct.gov).
- In 2007, Waterwise and B&Q launched a national save water campaign, fronted by Ben Fogle and supported in-store with water efficiency DIY leaflets, and the training of in-store staff.
- Waterwise co-founded, and continues to be an active partner in, Procter & Gamble’s Future Friendly campaign that encourages people to use water wisely, save energy and recycle more.
- For the past year Waterwise has been advising GabiH2O, a new product manufacturer, during their development of a range of water efficiency devices.
- Waterwise set up and run the Saving Water in Scotland network which includes members of Scottish Water, the Parliament, the Executive, regulators, business, consumer representatives and NGOs.
- We sit on the Greater London Authority’s London Water Resources Working Group.
- Waterwise East worked closely with the water efficiency supply chain for the building sector in the East of England, this involved ‘meet the buyer’ events bringing together manufacturers, suppliers and developers.
- In addition to their product development and communications expertise and experiences working with DIY retailers and manufacturers.
- Now in its third year, the Evidence Base for Large-scale Water Efficiency programme, funded by Defra, Ofwat and the Environment Agency, continues to analyse water efficiency device savings made through retrofit projects carried out in the UK.
- Waterwise, with SEED Foundation and PSI, is currently carrying out a Defra-funded research project called Plug-It to develop tools that will enable trusted intermediaries (e.g., plumbers and retail store assistants) to assist people in making water efficient purchasing/sourcing decisions.
- Waterwise is currently evaluating results from their Defra-funded Tap into Savings progamme that retrofitted more than 4,500 homes during 2010.
- Waterwise previously led the Market Transformation Programme consortium on water, and currently is a partner of the Brighton University-led Water Efficiency in Buildings Network and the European Commission-funded @QUA thematic network on ICT and water efficiency.
- In June 2010 we published our Waterwise White Paper.
- Developed and delivered the EU LIFE+ project with EST on combined water and energy advice.