What we do

Waterwise is a really important organisation and its aims and vision are at the heart of what we want to see in Wales - more efficient use of water right across Wales, for the sake of society, the environment and economic growth. Waterwise's insight, knowledge and ambition will be increasingly important to this vision in coming years.

Eifiona Williams, Head of Water Branch, Welsh Government

What we do

We are already seeing the impacts of water scarcity on people, the environment and the economy, right across the UK. Climate change and population growth are increasing pressure on water resources in the UK – research (Water UK, 2016) has shown that drought will affect all areas of the UK in coming years. Waterwise helps communities, businesses and governments to understand the value of water and use it wisely so that we have enough now and in the future. Ambition, partnership and innovation are at the heart of our work. See More about our work below.

How we work

As the independent experts, we support and challenge everyone to aim higher on water efficiency – whether that’s government, regulators, the water industry, or people and businesses.

Waterwise’s role is to innovate, to develop and test new ideas, to bring partners together for change and to help demonstrate practical water efficiency actions. We work at all levels – from changing the law to encouraging sector leaders to be more ambitious to supporting delivery teams through research and ideas.

We work in partnership to help other organisations and communities to fulfil our vision that water is used wisely every day, everywhereWe promote water-efficient products, services and innovation. And we help make connections. In short, we do whatever is needed to drive water efficiency.

Supporting our work - get involved!

Waterwise Supporters and Affiliates fund our work, enabling us to continue to be the leading water efficiency voice for water efficiency in the UK. Please click on the button below if you’d like to find out more about becoming a Waterwise Supporter or a Waterwise Affiliate.

More about our work

Waterwise people and communities

We run campaigns and support water companies and others on best practice and innovation in behaviour change, customer engagement and community participation. We work with our partners to innovate and pilot new approaches to engage customers and influence behaviour towards water efficiency.

Waterwise policy and governance

We drive the policy and regulatory agenda across the UK to enable ambitious and innovative water efficiency. We guide, steer and respond to government and regulatory developments across the UK. Often there is no ‘ownership’ of water efficiency issues and we provide the interface between government, regulators, water companies, social enterprises and others.

 

Waterwise Checkmark for Offices

Our Checkmark for Offices showcases water-efficient office spaces and buildings. Find out how to drive water efficiency in your workplace, and shout about it, by clicking the button below.

You can access the Waterwise Checkmark for Offices information below. 

Waterwise Training

Waterwise Training produces fully trained and qualified experts in water efficiency advice and home retrofits. Graduates of our training will be able to talk to customers about why and how to be water-efficient, and take practical steps in homes to achieve this. Click on the button below for more information, training dates and booking.

Influencing Behaviour and Habits

Waterwise conducts research on understanding water-using behaviour and habits, understanding change and understanding audiences, and campaigns and intervenes to create change.

Research

We carry out research alone and with partners. We carry out research into habits and behaviour and to support policy change and industry action on water efficiency in homes and buildings. Our research and that of others can be found on our database.

Shaping Policy

We drive the policy and regulatory agenda across the UK to enable ambitious and innovative water efficiency. We guide, steer and respond to government and regulatory developments across the UK. Often there is no ‘ownership’ of water efficiency issues and we provide the interface between government, regulators, water companies, social enterprises and others.

Waterwise’s Water Efficiency Strategy for the UK

The strategy was developed in consultation with the water sector – including Waterwise supporters and the Water UK-supported steering group. 

It sets out a blueprint to deliver a vision of a UK in which all people, homes and businesses are water-efficient, and where water is used wisely, every day, everywhere. Read more about the strategy and the ongoing work of the Water UK supported Water Efficiency Strategy Steering Group in delivering the actions.

Consultation Responses

Waterwise responds to a variety of consultations from UK governments, regulators and water companies, in addition to engaging through meetings and providing evidence to support policy changes. Read our latest consultation responses at the button below.

Working with the Media

We do a lot of media work promoting water efficiency. We have active twitter and instagram accounts. We produce articles and blogs for water sector publications. We carry out national television and radio interviews and help shape programmes in development. We work with mainstream newspapers and the trade press. We develop infographics and run campaigns. Here are links to some of our media work.