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The Rippleffect: Water Efficiency for Businesses (2014)

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The Rippleffect Tool has been developed by the not-for-profit company WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). The tool aims to provide businesses with a straightforward and structured approach to understanding how much water a business uses and where savings can be made. This report identifies mixed results with regards to the impact of the tool and recommends for which organisations this tool is most suitable.

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Washing Futures Exhibition

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Washing Futures invites us to step into the year 2050 and imagine more sustainable washing routines through the use of advanced technologies and water systems supported by alternative cultural norms and water regulations. Three future scenarios are presented, designed using an innovative ‘visioning’ research process involving key stakeholders in the water sector.

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Action Taken By the Government to Encourage the Conservation of Water (2014)

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This report highlights how UK water conservation has developed during the reporting period April 2010 to March 2013. It contains a snapshot of the many water conservation projects and initiatives carried out either directly by Government and its agencies or through partnership working. Many others have completed activities that are not mentioned in the report, all of which have played a role in helping to conserve water. The projects and outcomes that are described in this report are a vital basis upon which saving water can be built.

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Spring Gardening Campaign (2014)

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This report evaluates Essex & Suffolk's 2014 Spring Gardening Campaign and makes recommendations for future campaigns. Its aim was to raise awareness of customers on how to use water wisely in their gardens over the summer period. It did so by running campaign stalls, where people received, for example, useful tips for how to save water. The second main measure concerned advertisements of water-efficient use in the garden in newspapers, the radio and social media. The report states to have effectively raised awareness about water use in the garden over the summer period through the two measures, yet it admits the difficulty of measuring success.

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Evaluation Guide for Water Efficiency Initiatives (2013)

This Evaluation Guide for Water Efficiency Initiatives developed by Waterwise helps water efficiency practitioners understand what evaluation is, why it is important, key aspects to consider when planning an evaluation, some of the different evaluation tools available and when they are useful. Its target group are those responsible for planning and carrying out water efficiency projects and programmes of work. It has been developed as part of the Waterwise Evidence Base for Large-scale Water Efficiency, an on-going effort to assemble knowledge and experience to make the case for and improve water efficiency initiatives, and is based on a range of sources, including literature and relevant experts.

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Evaluating Water Efficiency Retrofit Projects: An Example (2013)

This guide developed by Waterwise is a supplement to the Evaluation Guide for Water Efficiency Initiatives. The main Guide helps water efficiency practitioners understand what evaluation is, why it matters, key aspects to consider when planning an evaluation, and when to use different evaluation tools available. This supplement Guide demonstrates how the evaluation tools and techniques can be put to use in retrofit projects. An invented water efficiency retrofit project is introduced, and then the evaluation process described, from the aims and objectives set at the outset, through to the conclusions drawn as a result of the evaluation findings.

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Evaluating Water Efficiency Education Activities in Schools: An Example (2013)

This guidance developed by Waterwise is a supplement to the Evaluation Guide for Water Efficiency Initiatives. The main Guide helps practitioners understand what evaluation is, why it matters, key aspects to consider when planning an evaluation, and when to use the different evaluation tools available. This supplement demonstrates how the evaluation tools and techniques can be put to use in educational projects. An invented water efficiency retrofit project is introduced, and then the evaluation process described, from the aims and objectives set at the outset, through to the conclusions drawn as a result of the evaluation findings.

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Effectiveness of Piggybacking Initiatives (2013)

This review carried out by Waterwise examines the effectiveness of water efficiency piggybacking initiatives and develops recommendations for enhancing their future uptake. Drawing on project reports of companies and interviews, the analysis considers achievements in terms of homes visited, devices installed and water saved. The study shows that where a piggybacking initiative is successful, it can provide extremely cost-efficient water savings for the water company while reaching higher numbers of households than regular water efficiency retrofit programmes. Challenges identified include lower installation rates than expected, lack of direct control over delivery and difficulty to measure water savings.

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Delivering Multiple Benefits from Mainstreaming Water Efficiency

This work by Waterwise outlines recommendations for policymakers and regulators to step up incentives for, policy and regulatory outcomes, as well as benefits from larger-scale water efficiency across the UK. These emerged from the process of developing the Water Efficiency Evidence Base, as well as from water efficiency activity within the regulatory framework. Examples include identification of the links between water and energy and the cost-effectiveness of working in partnership to deliver water efficiency.

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Customer Experiences of Home Retrofit Products (2013)

This meta-analysis carried out by Waterwise investigates customer perceptions of professionally or self-installed water-efficient retrofit products in private homes. For the purpose of the study, 20 water efficiency projects with customer information available were selected. The main methods used in this study were a literature review and postal, telephone or online surveys. Water-efficient toilets, showers, taps, and garden devices were evaluated for performance aspects including product satisfaction, removal rates, aesthetics, and usability.

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