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 response to Affinity Water consultation on draft Water Resources Management Plan 2019

Waterwise responded to a select group of WRMPs to help raise ambition on water efficiency. We will be holding a Supporter Only event and launching a report on water efficiency in WRMP19 later in 2018.

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Waterwise Privacy Policy

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Water Efficiency and Behaviour Change Rapid Evidence Assessment (2018)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) commissioned Collingwood Environmental Planning (CEP) through the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) to carry out a rapid evidence assessment (REA) of existing academic and other literature about behaviour change approaches to reducing household demand for water.

The REA is intended to answer two research questions:

What behaviour change approaches have been used to reduce household demand for water and how effective are these approaches?

What key evidence gaps remain in the evidence base and how best could these be filled?

Water companies have a legal duty to promote efficient water use. The main focus for domestic water efficiency programmes or interventions in the UK has been on reducing the amount of water from the public water supply that is used in the home. Behaviour change approaches address an aspect of water demand that is not amenable to engineering, technological or regulatory interventions (Hoolohan, 2015). Common to all behaviour change approaches is an understanding of individual behaviours as open to influence, that is, not fully determined by factors such as engrained cultural habits or technological systems.

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Water Butts

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SaveWater South East Local Authority and Housing Association Toolkit

A toolkit to support local authorities and housing associations to work in partnership with water companies to deliver water efficiency. This includes an overview of drivers, an overview of partnership water companies and a range of practical case studies and examples.

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Water efficiency in new homes: Evidence to support adoption of the Building Regulations Optional Requirement

This guidance was developed by SaveWater South East to provide evidence in support of local authorities choosing the optional requirement of a 110 litres per person per day water consumption target in new homes.

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Assessing water efficiency services offered by water retailers

Water efficiency services represent a key benefit from the introduction of retail competition to 1.2 million businesses, charities and public sector organisations in England from April 2017. This research was undertaken from the customer perspective to identify what level of water efficiency services are being offered by new retail water companies.It was undertaken between 13 and 21 November 2017.

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Water Efficiency Strategy Summary (2017)

Summary version of the Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK

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Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK (2017)

The Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK was developed in consultation with the water sector and launched in June 2017. The strategy sets out recommendations and actions in the following areas:

Water, people and communities
Water Wise Cities - improving water efficiency in our urban environment
Products and labelling
Water company delivery and regulation
Water efficiencyin retail competition
Integrated watermanagement and resilient infrastructure

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