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Water Retrofitting Policies Outlook - FD2649

The impacts of climate change on water use, control and supply in England have been brought into sharp focus in recent years with the drought in South East England in 2004-06 and the floods of 2007 and 2009. The Government has responded with `Future Water`, setting out the strategy for England and their vision for what the water sector will look like by 2030.

The vision outlined in Future Water cannot be delivered by the Government alone and householders have a significant role to play in using water more sustainably.

There is an urgent need for further thinking and for the development of homeowner initiatives to support government action on water strategies. To this end, Defra is considering a range of policies that involve encouraging householders to make a range of water related modifications to their homes. The challenge is for government to better understand homeowner behaviour and attitudes so that government can design intervention (regulatory or non-regulatory) that will deliver policy outcomes.

This project aims to provide an evidence base on householders` attitudes towards water-related retrofit measures across three domains: water availability, surface water management and flood risk management, water pollution and quality. This work is focused on the specific detail of reactions to water retrofitting propositions. The work involves an exploration of responses to water measures and behaviours in the home as well as at a community scale.
Project Documents
• TRP - Technical Report : Water Retrofit Technical Report   (2695k)
• TSM - Technical Summary : Water Retrofit - Technical Summary   (826k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2010

Cost: £116,640
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Icaro Consulting Ltd
Environmental Protection              
Flood and Coastal Defence              
Flood Defence              
Policy Development              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management