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Installing one million smart water meters each year could cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by 0.5 per cent over the next 15 years. The impact of smart water meters on reducing the UK’s carbon emissions has been calculated in a new report by Waterwise and Arqiva that suggests a nationwide rollout would save one billion litres of water daily.
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A coalition of water groups have written to business and energy secretary Alok Sharma to petition the government to include water efficiency measures within its new £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, noting that the carbon emissions from heating water in homes far exceed those produced by the industry itself.
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The largest research project of its kind has been launched by the UK Water Industry Research with companies across the UK and Ireland to understand consumption as part of a larger investigation into reducing abstraction.
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Water efficiency needs a message as simple to understand and follow as "stay home, save lives", according to the head of the Environment Agency (EA). James Bevan said there were lessons from the Covid-19 crisis in terms of the significant behavioural changes accepted by the public when the urgency of the issue was clearly communicated.
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The trade body for the water industry has urged householders to be mindful of their usage at peak times as demand reached its highest ever point amid the continued lockdown and sunny weather. According to data from Water UK, people are currently using an average of 20 per cent more water, with some areas seeing up to a 40 per cent increase.
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To showcase the best practices of community groups engaged with water efficiency programmes, Waterwise has extended its Checkmark scheme. It will target water companies that want to highlight the work they undertake to encourage better water habits to apply for the accreditation.
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As part of our Mind the Tap series, consultant Edward Mallam gives his view on why "blanket communications" have so far failed to land the water efficiency message with the public. He argues that water companies must adopt a much more localised approach and involve customers and stakeholders in the conversation.
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As the UK prepares to host COP26 we should be leading the way on climate legislation but the so-called "ground-breaking" Environment Bill misses the chance of a generation to make a difference, argues shadow environment minister, Luke Pollard. He talks to Utility Week about why water labelling should have been explicitly included and what tactics the government needs to explore to cut consumption.
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Londoners must stop seeing water as an “infinitely available resource” as population growth, ageing infrastructure and declining rainfall make the capital increasingly vulnerable to drought. Commenting on the publication of the first London City Resilience Strategy, Thames Water resources manager Alex Nickson said low prices and frequent wet weather have created the false impression that supplies are plentiful.
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