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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Waterwise Manifesto European Elections (2008)

In this document Waterwise calls for greater attention to the significant potential of water efficiency measures in mitigating and adapting to climate change and boosting the economy. Recommendations include making water saving pay and developing the European new Green Water Deal

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Reducing Water Wastage in the UK Annual Report 2008

Annual report on the activities of Waterwise and our partners, supporters and stakeholders

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A Progress Report on Reducing Water Use on Construction Sites (2008)

This progress report has been developed to ascertain the progress of the construction industry in reducing the volume of water used on construction sites. The report identifies the activities that the water sub-group has initiated and completed over the last year and presents available data on current levels of water use on construction sites for comparison against the 2008 baseline of 148m3 water used per £million contractors output at constant (2005) prices, as published in the Water Action Plan

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Market Transformation Programme: BNWAT28 Water Consumption in New and Existing Homes (2008)

"This Briefing Note provides details of the key findings from a water industry collaborative research project conducted by WRc Plc into the water consumption of microcomponents in new properties. The average daily consumption of flats in the new properties dataset is
approximately 100 litres lower than the average daily consumption of houses."

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International Comparisons of Domestic per Capita Consumption (2008)

This work by the Environment Agency presents a review of methods used to estimate domestic per capita consumption (PCC) of water. It focuses on countries with lower average PCC than England and Wales while having similar climates and economies. The reported PCC values were analysed based on several parameters including metering and water charges. The review indicates major differences between the water sectors in the reviewed countries and in England and Wales, particularly in what regards the extent of metering and scale of demand management measures. Water companies in England and Wales are recommended to adopt the ‘twin track approach’, reducing demand as well as increasing supply when developing their WRMPs.

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Future Water: The Government’s Water Strategy for England (2008_

This 2008 report from Defra sets out the government vision and policies surrounding sustainable water management going forward. This water strategy for England sets out the Government’s plans for water in the future and the practical steps that the government intend to take to ensure that good clean water is available for people, businesses and nature. It looks ahead to 2030 and describes the water supply system we want to see then and how to get there. It looks at the water cycle as a whole, from rainfall and drainage through to discharge and treatment.

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Water Neutrality – Discussion paper (2008)

This discussion paper developed by Waterwise explores the concept of water neutrality. The concept, which emerged in 2002, is less well-known than carbon neutrality. Both concepts are compared to identify their evolution, objectives, key features and terminological challenges surrounding them.

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Greenhouse gas emissions of water supply and demand management options (2008)

This project by the Environment Agency examines differences in CO2 emissions associated with a variety of options for supplying and using water more efficiently. Based on a newly developed methodology, the study assesses new water supply options, working with an existing water supply network, plus methods and products to reduce and manage households’ water demand. It reveals that 89 % of CO2 emissions in the water supply system are caused by domestic water use, whereas public water supply and treatment account for 11 %. It concludes that simple demand management measures, particularly those which reduce hot water use, can have significant potential to reduce energy and CO2 emissions.

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H2Eco Phase II (2009)

This report evaluates the project H2eco by Essex & Suffolk Water. It is the second in this series of water efficiency studies focusing on the installation of water-saving devices within domestic properties of Chelmsford, central Essex. Following an initial mailing of 7238 customers, audits were carried out for 1439 properties. The follow-up questionnaires found that more than 97% of respondents were happy with the amount of information provided in the workbook. Among the products, the miracle tap and children’s pack were considered to be most successful.

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ESW H2eco (2008)

This report evaluates the project H2eco by Essex & Suffolk Water. It is the first in this series of water efficiency studies focusing on the installation of water-saving devices within domestic properties of Chelmsford, central Essex. Participants were equally divided into two focus groups of metered and unmetered households. A total of 17 customers attended the focus groups, for which they received a £40 incentive. Reasons for participation included free equipment, environmental concerns (e.g. saving water), and to reduce bills.

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