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EPSRC Reference: GR/R14200/01
Title: Network: Water Conservation & Recycling (Watersave)
Principal Investigator: Butler, Professor D
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Project Partners:
Anglian Water Arup Group Ltd BRE Group (Building Res Establishment)
BSRIA CIRIA Drinking Water Inspectorate
Elemental Solutions Environment Agency (Grouped) Environment Conscious Building Services
Metropolitan Water Company UK Water Industry Research Ltd Yorkshire Water
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 27 February 2001 Ends: 26 February 2004 Value (£): 61,798
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Water Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Water Environment
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Domestic water demand has been rising in the UK for many years, and is projected to continue to do so over the next two decades. The chief factors causing this are changes in lifestyle, demographic structure and the possible effects of climate change. There is considerable pressure from the general public, regulatory agencies, and government to minimise the impacts of new supply projects (e.g. building new reservoir or inter-regional transfer schemes), and so the emphasis must be placed on best utilising the water that is already available. Water conservation is also seen as a key element in the government's sustainable development policy, which concentrates on managing demand for water by controlling leakage and maximising its efficient use.Water can be used more efficiently in the home either by reducing consumption or by recycling, and it is these that form the focus of this network application. The aim of the proposed water conservation and recycling network WATERSAVE is to establish a core group of UK academics and industrialists with international links, in that field. The opportunity will be grasped to not only deliberate and act in response to particular problems, but also to think ahead, innovate and consider the long-term role of water conservation and recycling in urban water management.
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