Water efficiency in new homes: Evidence to support adoption of the Building Regulations Optional Requirement (2018)

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Population growth, climate change and environmental protection measures all put pressure on water resources and contribute to water scarcity in the South East. On top of this housing shortages means that lots more housing is needed today and in the future. Hence, planning policy is a vital tool to help ensure long term sustainable management of water supplies, as well as helping protect our local rivers and wildlife. Achieving a balance between these conflicting demands is a challenge for us all.

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.