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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Evaluation of the EU Life+ Water and Energy Project Waves 1-4 (2011)

This report seeks to demonstrate the link between water and energy to consumers and promote the benefits of adopting water and energy efficient behaviour. Three communication and marketing approaches were tested for their effectiveness. The three-year project was conducted in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, where over 25,000 people received advice on water efficiency. A survey of people receiving the advice was used to evaluate the impact of the message and method of delivery. It showed that awareness about the fact that saving water saves energy increased from an average of 8% before to 16% by the end of the project. Recognition about the importance of saving water grew from 78 % to 93% over the course to the project.

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Consultation on the Walker Review of Charging for Household Water and Sewerage Services (2011)

This Waterwise consultation on the Walker Review of Charging for Household Water and Sewerage Services includes advice on the implementation of social tariffs to improve affordability

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Water and Carbon Footprint of Household Food and Drink Waste in the UK (2011)

This is a report containing quantification and analysis of the water and carbon footprint of different types of household food and drink waste in the UK. In addition to raising awareness, the information can be used in developing national and regional policies targeting a reduction in the impacts of our carbon and water footprint related to our food system. It can also be used by the food industry to understand and minimise water-related business risk associated with food supplies to the UK.

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Improving Water Conservation in Smith College Housing through Environmental Education (2011)

The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that increased signage, shower timers, and educational events would change behavioural patterns in Smith College housing and encourage students to reduce water consumption. Success in reducing water consumption was contingent on an active sustainability representative living in the house.

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UK Manifesto – 2009/2010

In this Manifesto, Waterwise presents key issues of water efficiency, including growing demand, water and energy and a lack of water and relevant actions to address these issues

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Waterwise Annual Report 2009-2010

The Waterwise Annual Report documents the activities of Waterwise and partners in the year 2009-2010, Waterwise's 5th year of operation

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Water Efficiency and the Water Companies: A 2010 UK Review

This 2010 review by Waterwise provides a synopsis of water efficiency actions taken by water companies and key organisations around the UK. It first gives an overview about water efficiency activity before summarising actions each of the water companies is are currently pursuing. The second section goes into further detail for each individual water company, and focuses on specific areas where they have excelled. The third and final section looks into the future, e.g. examining what projects will be carried out by the UK water industry. All water companies in the UK are mentioned in this report except Cholderton and District Water.

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Save Water Swindon Baseline Summary Report (2010)

This report summarises the results of a baseline survey undertaken prior to the water efficiency project Save Water Swindon. The project aimed to raise awareness about the importance of saving water and deliver large-scale water savings. This survey measures behaviours and attitudes prior to the start of the project, establishing a baseline against which later surveys were benchmarked. 1286 individuals responded to the baseline survey, representing a 46% response rate. Results indicate that the majority of people surveyed do try to save water. Saving water as well as money, and concern about the environment were the key motivators for water efficiency activities.

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Waterwise White Paper: Water Used Wisely, Every Day, Everywhere (2010)

This White Paper by Waterwise aims to mainstream water efficiency in the UK. It sets out strategic proposals for climate change adaptation and mitigation, resource efficiency, the green economy and the big society, over the five years from 2010 to 2015. This includes some particularly important steps to be accomplished by 2012, to ensure maximum benefits from these measures through linking them to the next regulatory price review for water across the UK. Recommendations include a more sustainable and flexible regulatory framework for water, which integrates energy and housing issues, incentives for water efficiency in homes and businesses, and delivery of water efficiency through partnerships.

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Evidence Base for Large-Scale Water Efficiency Phase II Second Report (2010)

In this report Waterwise examines the effectiveness of water efficiency retrofitting programmes in schools in three English regions and Scotland. Its aim was to demonstrate the benefits, from both the water company and schools perspective, and to inform future water company activity. It draws on data from about 600 schools, four water companies and five water company school retrofitting programmes. The study suggests achievable water savings between 0.58 and 1.78 m3/pupil/year, as well as significant carbon emissions and energy savings. Costs amounted to £0.41 to £0.72 litre/day, which compares to the cost of water savings achievable through domestic retrofits.

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