Waterwise’s White Paper published.

Firstly let me apologise for the hiatus in blog posts.  Hopefully we are now back on track for at least a post each day.

Waterwise, who is one of Defra’s Greener Living Fund partners, has published its White Paper for the Coalition Government.

The White Paper is focused on mainstreaming water efficiency.  In it Waterwise sets out strategic proposals for climate change adaptation and mitigation, resource efficiency, the low carbon and green economy and the big society, over the five years from 2010 to 2015.

Among the proposals set out in the White Paper are:

  • A water industry incentivised to provide services such as water efficiency to its consumers on a large scale, rather than just water supply
  • A long-term investment framework for water that responds to and helps deliver national priorities, with the full long-term value of water to the economy, people and the environment reflected
  • Water efficiency included in the Green Deal energy efficiency retrofitting scheme – at a cost of £40, alongside the £6,500 allocated for energy measures
  • Showers to be included in social housing refurbishment and new build
  • A toilet scrappage scheme to help householders trade in the 1 million toilets in England which flush at 13 litres for toilets which use a third of that water
  • A water meter in every home by 2020 – supported by measures to protect vulnerable groups
  • Water efficiency mainstreamed in government adaptation programmes and guidance to business, and linked with insurance discounts
  • Using new green financial products such as green mortgages and a renewed Energy Performance Certificate to drive water and energy efficiency measures in homes
  • Water neutrality and community-scale water provision and joint retrofitting programmes for energy, water and waste delivered through the big society
  • Tackling the economy-wide barrier to sustainability which is the investment bias towards building new plant and equipment over altering and improving existing ones.

Further information can be found in the press notice which accompanied the announcement.

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