Consultation Responses Print

June 2011 Waterwise response to Welsh Assembly Government consultation on the Walker Review of Charging for Household Water and Sewerage Services
Waterwise warmly welcomes the comprehensive consultation on the Walker recommendations on metering, social tariffs and water efficiency, and offers strategic solutions to increase the reach of all of these, both within the water sector and linked with other sectors.


April 2011 Waterwise response to DECC and EEPH Call for Evidence on Green Deal Costs and Benefits

Waterwise sets out the detailed costs and benefits which indicate that water efficiency measures should be included in the Green Deal, to help meet Green Deal and DECC aims and also wider Coalition Government goals. Annex 1. Annex 2.


March 2011, Waterwise response to Welsh Assembly Government consultation on Building Resilience to Climate Change
Waterwise welcomes the inclusion of increased demand for and reduced supply of water as one of the key impacts of climate change, and the potential benefits from water efficiency, but urges that reporting authorities be specifically advised to include water efficiency in their adaptation planning and reporting, alongside flood risk management.


February 2011, Waterwise response to BIS call for evidence on Principles for Economic Regulation
Waterwise warmly welcomes this strategic approach to ensuring that regulated sectors can work together – this is particularly important in the context of tackling challenges which are common across sectors such as water and energy, such as tackling and adapting to climate change, and population growth. Waterwise proposes that sustainability should be included in the principles to address particular issues both within the water sector and more widely.


January 2011: Waterwise-co-ordinated response from 16 organisations to DECC consultation on the role of appliances and consumer electronics in CERT

A Waterwise-co-ordinated response to this consultation, including 15 co-signatories of which 9 are water companies, sets out the arguments on carbon, cost-effectiveness and consumer engagement grounds for retaining hot-water-using devices in CERT until its conclusion in December 2012.


January 2011: Waterwise response to Consumer Council for Water consultation on its Draft Forward Work programme 2011-12 to 2013-14

Waterwise welcomes CCWater work to date and proposes it take an even more strategic view on the sustainability of the water sector and the benefits to future customers of particular measures, in addition to analysing and reporting the views of existing customers.


January 2011: Waterwise response to Defra review of Water Resource Management Plan process
Waterwise proposes greater cohesion between the Water Resource management Pkan and price review process, and enhanced guidance on assumptions and format.


December 2010: Waterwise response to the Environment Agency consultation on the Water Company Drought Plan Guideline
Waterwise welcomes the emphasis on cross-stakeholder communications in the guideline but urges that the range of stakeholders actively engaged be widened, that a consistent approach to measuring estimated water savings from drought plan measures be adopted, and that a post-drought assessment of economic impact become a core drought plan measure.

November 2010: Waterwise response to Scottish Government consultation on Sustainability Labelling within Building Standards
Waterwise supports the innovative approach to driviing water efficiency through aspirational higher levels of Building Standards for new homes in Scotland, but proposes tighter fittings standards and the inclusion of water efficiency in the mandatory Bronze level.

November 2010: Waterwise Response to Ofgem consultation on administering the CERT extension
Waterwise welcomes the consultation but refutes, as discussed with the water and energy sectors, the issues of additionality and qualifying actions, which it is discussing with government officials, and rejects an artificial maximum of 11 million hot-water-saving devices in favour of tighter evidence of installation.

October 2010: Waterwise response to Defra Discussion Document on the Natural Environment

Waterwise welcomes Defra’s discussion document on the Natural Environment, and proposes measures to better reflect the full value of water in the natural environment and more widely.

October 2010: Waterwise response to Defra Call for Evidence for the Review of Ofwat

Waterwise sets out proposals for moving away from spot-pricing of water, towards greater water efficiency, as well as dividends from joint working between sectors.

September 2010: Waterwise Response to Water Industry Commission for Scotland’s Consultation on Putting customers at the centre of the price review process

Waterwise welcomes the consultation, and makes the case for greater water efficiency in future Scottish price reviews, to tackle climate change and adapt to it.

September 2010: Defra stakeholder review on proposed ‘Government Buying Standards’ specifications for water using products
Waterwise welcomes the move to mandatory government procurement standards for water-using products, but would like these to reflect the best available technologies on the market.

September 2010: WRAP model procurement requirements for water efficiency
Waterwise wholeheartedly welcomes the model procurement guidance, which is rigorous yet practical and will help organizations reduce costs and adapt to climate change.

June 2010: Waterwise response to the proposed update to Defra Green Claims Guidance
Waterwise welcomes the updated guidance, supports the inclusion of third party labelling schemes and highlights the important of water efficiency in green claims.

May 2010: Waterwise response to CLG Consultation on Planning Policy Statement: Planning for a Low Carbon Future in a Changing Climate
Waterwise welcomes the bringing together of mitigation and adaptation in planning, and proposes water neutrality and a tightening of the proposal on adaptation for water-stressed areas.

April 2010: Waterwise response to the consultation on the Mayor of London’s Adaptation Strategy
Waterwise welcomes the strategy as an example of best practice.

March 2010:Response from Waterwise and six water companies to DECC consultation on extending CERT to December 2012


Waterwise and six water companies set out proposals to amend CERT to help ensure the full potential of water and energy savings from water efficiency measures is realised.

March 2010: Waterwise response to Ofwat consultation on its forward programme 2010-11 to 2012-13
Waterwise welcomes the comprehensive approach Ofwat is taking to addressing the long-term challenges of climate change and population growth, and urges that water efficiency play a central role in these plans.

February 2010: Waterwise response to the CLG consultation on The Code for Sustainable Homes and the Energy Efficiency Standard for Zero Carbon: “Sustainable New Homes – the Road to Zero Carbon”
Waterwise recognises that pressures on the housing market have led to the decision to row back on the mandatory Code Level 3 commitment for all new homes, and to focus on carbon issues only, but urges the government to consult within the next 12 months on reverting to this as soon as possible. Waterwise also urges the government to consult as soon as possible on the review of the water Fittings Regulations, which was due in 2009.


February 2010: Waterwise response to DECC consultation on Extending the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) to December 2012
Waterwise sets out proposals to change CERT so that the potential carbon savings from hot water efficiency measures are fully realised. Waterwise also sets out related proposals to ensure the potential carbon and water savings from both hot and cold water efficiency measures are fully realised, in the context of government plans and strategies to both mitigate climate change and adapt to it, and to develop the low carbon economy.