Waterwise White Paper: Water Used Wisely, Every Day, Everywhere (2010)

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This White Paper by Waterwise aims to mainstream water efficiency in the UK. It sets out strategic proposals for climate change adaptation and mitigation, resource efficiency, the green economy and the big society, over the five years from 2010 to 2015. This includes some particularly important steps to be accomplished by 2012, to ensure maximum benefits from these measures through linking them to the next regulatory price review for water across the UK. Recommendations include a more sustainable and flexible regulatory framework for water, which integrates energy and housing issues, incentives for water efficiency in homes and businesses, and delivery of water efficiency through partnerships.

Introduction

This White Paper has mainstreaming water efficiency at its core. In it Waterwise sets out strategic proposals for climate change adaptation and mitigation, resource efficiency, the green economy and the big society, over the five years from 2010 to 2015. This includes some particularly important steps by 2012, to ensure maximum multiple benefits from these measures through linking them to the next regulatory price reviews for water across the UK. The White Paper covers the whole of the UK – it calls for measures and clear leadership which can specifically be delivered by the UK government.1

The White Paper recommends:

a more efficient, sustainable and flexible regulatory framework for water
links between the regulatory frameworks for water, energy and housing
using water efficiency to develop the low carbon economy
a set of incentives to encourage people and businesses to waste less water across the UK economy and improve the affordability of water

the delivery of water efficiency through local partnerships as part of the big society

Waterwise is already developing the Evidence Base2 for the cost-effectiveness of water efficiency, and best practice guidance on implementation. Waterwise has also shown in practice the benefits of the partnership approach. Water efficiency has no downside, and is an economic, social and environmental opportunity. Its potential stretches well beyond issues of scarcity. Delivering this full potential will require new ways of working across the public and private sectors.