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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Measuring to Manage your resources (2016)

A guide to measuring resource use in organisations, including understanding key performance indicators and information on accurate and useful data collection

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Barriers to behaviour change in water efficiency (2016)

This thesis determines and discusses the barriers to the use of behaviour change techniques (BCTs) in the UK water sector by interviewing and surveying a diverse range of influential people within the sector. Although there is enthusiasm in the UK water sector for the use of BCTs, misunderstanding and conflation of important elements of behavioural economics and BCTs and lack of experience are all major discouraging factors. The evaluation of BCT
projects was most often perceived as the barrier that most prevented the effective use of BCTs. These factors must be addressed if BCTs are to be used widely and effectively in the water sector.

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The Effect of Metering on Water Consumption. A Policy Note (2015)

This policy note presents a preliminary analysis of the impact of metering on water consumption. It draws on data from a metering programme carried out by Southern Water in South East of England in 2010, with the aim to have installed 500,000 meters by 2015. The data was conducted between 2011 and 2014. The study found that the Universal Metering Programme (UMP) resulted in immediate impacts. With an overall reduction of 16.5 % in water consumption, it suggests that households respond to the installation of meters.

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Save Money on your Water Bill (2015)

This guide presents reason why and opportunities of how water can be saved within organisations. It also contains a guide to understanding your water bill.

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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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