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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Investigating the Impact of Water Efficiency Educational Programmes in Schools (2012)

This report developed by Waterwise assembles information about water efficiency educational programmes and measures used to evaluate their impact. A literature review was undertaken and information was requested directly from water companies and other organisations. The study reveals that many different educational programmes are taking place in the UK while their effectiveness remains under-investigated. Knowledge gaps exist regarding what educational activities are most effective, whether behaviour change is long-term, as well what type of evidence is collected or incentives offered. It is recommended to evaluate more educational programmes with consistent approaches and facilitated by professional guidance to produce more reliable knowledge.

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Save Water Swindon Phase 1 Evaluation (2012)

This report evaluates phase one of Save Water Swindon (2010-2011) and identifies achievements and faced challenges. The project, the first to take a “whole-town” approach, attempted to raise awareness about the importance of saving water and deliver large-scale water savings. During year one, just under 900 home makeovers were completed, and 900 self-install kits were given out to residents. In total, nearly 6000 water saving devices were distributed and installed, resulting in assumed water savings of nearly 50,000 litres/day by the project. Average savings between makeovers and self-install kits differed substantially, 39 compared to 16 litres/property/day.

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Resources Available to Business to Quantify and Reduce the Water Impacts of their Water Use (2012)

This study was commissioned by Defra to inform businesses about resources to assess and understand the impacts of their water use. 34 resources such as risk assessments were identified through a literature review and expert comment, out of which ten were further investigated. The study is considered to provide a good insight into different available resources and help businesses to ask the right questions to identify the most appropriate resources for their purposes. Engaging more business users, stronger cooperation between stakeholders, and the development of a decision-support framework for selecting options were viewed as important for driving future water efficiency efforts by businesses.

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Planning Effective Water Efficiency Initiatives (2012)

This short guide produced by Waterwise and WWF-UK identifies eight key elements to consider when planning a home visit programme for water-saving devices, including how to formulate realistic expectations for partnerships or selecting the right products. It draws on the lessons learnt from two large-scale water efficiency retrofit initiatives (Save Water Swindon and Tap into Savings), as well as other projects included within the Water Efficiency Evidence Base.

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Improving Uptake in Home Visit Retrofit Programmes (2012)

This report by Waterwise sets out to better understand the factors influencing the uptake of home visit and home retrofit projects and reviews recruitment methods that were deployed successfully and unsuccessfully in previous programmes. Evidence was collected through a literature review focusing on information available for the UK and phone interviews with people closely involved in the recruitment process. The research elicited crucial insights about common methods including letters, phone calls, and door-knocking, when, where and how to use them, but also identified knowledge gaps for future research.

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Green Deal Guidance for the Water Sector (2012)

This guidance was developed by Waterwise and the Energy Saving Trust to help increase and simplify the delivery of joint energy and water efficiency programmes, through partnerships working between water companies and energy efficiency programme providers. This includes the Green Deal, ECO and other local authority energy efficiency/fuel poverty-led in-home schemes. The guidance addresses aspects of how to design effective water and energy partnerships, which devices to install when, how to engage and advice customers, and information on expected water, energy, and money savings.

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Saving Water in Educational Facilities (2012)

This document provides advice on water saving in educational facilities, in the context of the USA. It is produced by the WaterSense

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The Case for Water Efficiency (2012)

This position paper describes the role of water efficiency in urban water use in Australia and identifies emerging issues. Designated for decision-makers and policy developers, it presents the case for consideration of water efficient policies and practices. Whilst reference is made to operational efficiency including leakage control and water management policies and practices, it is directed primarily at water efficiency at the point of use.

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How to Manage Change and Improve Water Efficiency

WRAP has produced this easy-to-use handbook to help food and drink companies establish changes that improve their water efficiency. This handbook covers two key areas that will help facilitate behaviour changes within your business: understanding and challenging behavioural inertia; and identifying the ingredients for success: – drivers for change: senior management commitment is essential; – clear and shared vision: staff at all levels should be on board; – capacity for change: providing the resources, time and budget to deliver your desired outcome; and – prioritise action: using the ’plan-do-check-review’ approach and ensuring that you keep communication routes open.

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An evaluation of the Plug In water saving project (2012)

This report investigates the Plug In Water Saving Project, which aimed at installing water saving measures in social housing in the East and West Midlands, and to promote behavioural change among residents. Set up by the Environment Agency and several partners, the project engaged seven social housing providers and their residents in water-saving activities on a larger scale than previous projects. More than three and a half thousand measures have been installed in approximately three and a half thousand homes up between 2011 and 2012.

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