Water conservation database launched on Internet

An Internet database aimed at helping the water industry, green organisations, plumbers and architects to conserve water has been launched by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), in conjunction with the Environment Agency's National Water Demand Management Centre.

The Water Conservation Research Database holds details of over 200 research projects and case studies investigating all aspects of water conservation, from recycling and reducing leakage to forecasting future demand. Contact details are provided should the browser wish to find out more detailed information.

Many of the studies are technical in nature and, the DETR hopes, will appeal to specialists in a number of professions, not just those directly involved in the water industry.

The database aims to collect and maintain information from organisations carrying out research, trials and casework on water conservation and the efficient use of water. By publishing information about projects, the database is designed to encourage collaboration, minimise duplication of effort and assist in the dissemination of results.

Projects on the database come from a wide range of organisations (such as research centres, universities, the water industry, green organisations and small businesses). They cover a wide range of

topics and timescales – some projects are completed with reports already available, others are underway, whilst some are still in the pipeline.

Topics covered include:

  the recycling and re-use of water;

  waste minimisation;

  water metering and tariffs;

  water use in agriculture;

  water saving technology; and

  innovations in house design and construction.

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