Water Efficiency Database

Welcome to our resources search page. Please use the drop down menu to find recent Waterwise research and reports. This website also hosts the Water Efficiency Evidence Database, which is a repository of key research reports and paid for by UK water companies to support research and innovation.


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Food and Drink Water Use Reporting (2015)

The Food and Drink Water Use Reporting scheme allows former FHC signatories to continue to report their water use data. It comprises of 56 companies across 223 sites.This report summarises the collective water savings made in 2014 by those companies that continue to report via the Food and Drink Water Use Reporting scheme. Between 2007 and 2014, participants collectively made a 15% reduction in their water use (excluding that in product). Water intensity has been reduced by 22.9% compared to the 2007 baseline. This equates to a water reduction of 0.53 m3/tonne of product. This is a notable achievement given that production for these sites increased by 10.2% over the same reporting period. Between 2013 and 2014, participants reported a 0.27 million m3 reduction in annual water use. This represents a saving of around £0.4 million in the purchase of water alone.

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At Home With Water 2 (2015)

At Home with Water 2 builds on its predecessor study and seeks to further an in-depth understanding of domestic water consumption. Conducted by the Energy Saving Trust in 2013-2014, it investigates the reliability of self-reported survey data, identifies potential areas for water efficiency interventions, and barriers to it. It also explores the perceptions of water consumption in order to inform and improve communication activities. Data was collected from a sample of 69 households, 34 of which took part in both a meter-based water consumption monitoring and interviews.

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Water Efficiency Today (2015)

This 2015 review provides a synopsis of water efficiency actions driven by UK water companies and other organisations. All water companies in the UK are considered in this report except Cholderton and District Water. The first part explores and highlights some of the key initiatives water companies are undertaking to engage with customers, encourage water conservation and tackle demand management. The second section analyses potential future developments for water efficiency, identifying interventions already planned and actions require further support.

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Save a Bucket Load (2015)

This report summarises Essex & Suffolk’s Save a Bucket Load Campaign, which aimed at raising awareness among customers to use water wisely in the garden. Similar to earlier versions, this campaign focused on advertisements in newspapers, radio, and social media; promoting and selling water butts; and involving a TV celebrity for an informative talk. The celebrity is thought to have increased the trust and ‘buy-in’ from customers. Although the advertising campaign is the highest proportion of the budget, from the analysis of the water butt sales it does prove to be an effective way to reach many customers with key messages.

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The Rippleffect: Water Efficiency for Businesses (2014)

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

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)

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)

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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