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The Quest for the Perfect Showerhead The Quest for the Perfect Showerhead
Dr Kemi Adeyeye, University of Bath
June 2017
A while ago, I asked some folks at a social event, as one does during a conversation lull, what they thought about their shower (The question was deliberately vague). The main responses were: “I like to shower”, “nobody takes baths anymore” and, “I can’t do without a shower in the morning”. Not one person said that ...Read More....

Water Issues - Past and Present - In Valencia Water Issues - Past and Present - In Valencia
Grace Harland, Waterwise
May 2017
Valencia, a city located on the south-east coast of Spain, is the country’s third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona with 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre. It is at the forefront of water saving initiatives with its smart metering programme and intelligent irrigation systems for the huertas (farmland) surr ...Read More....

Barcelona Springs to Life - El Agua de la Vida Barcelona Springs to Life - El Agua de la Vida
Dr Mary Gearey University of Brighton
April 2017
In the famous Catalan fairy story ‚‘The Water of Life‘, also known by its original name ‘El agua de la vida’, only the deliverance of the water of life, sourced from a magic spring in the hills, can save a family from being turned to stone by an evil giant. It is the daughter of the family who outsmarts the ogre and re ...Read More....

Whats in a Word? Whats in a Word?
Cath Hassell www.ech2o.co.uk
March 2017
What do you see if you look at water that has just entered a drain or sewer? Well, if it’s just come from a toilet that’s been flushed (known as foul water) it will look like water (i.e. clear). It might have loo roll in it (possibly variable colours though mostly white) or poo, and if the user hasn't heard of the three ...Read More....

Florence: A City Immersed in Fame, Water and Gardens Florence: A City Immersed in Fame, Water and Gardens
Dr Eleni Tracada, University of Derby
February 2017
It has been shown that that citizens are motivated to participate in the improvement and maintenance of civic landscapes when these latter contribute to the quality of life of the people living in proximity. There is also convincing evidence that cultural ecosystem services can be aesthetic and spiritual and that people respond ...Read More....

How Do We Value Water? How Do We Value Water?
Sharon Russell-Verma, Waterwise
January 2017
How do we value water? We cannot live without water, but because it is so much part of our everyday exist-ence it has become invisible to us. We need to understand and acknowledge its im-portance to modern lifestyles and to start to value the role it plays in all our lives. Natural capital But how do we value a resource ...Read More....

The Love Story of Water The Love Story of Water
Daniela Flor, UCL
December 2016
During our whole life, we deal with complex systems and we make decisions based on the information we have. One of the most complex systems is love where we have to deal with multiple variables. Our love for someone changes over time and it could be affected by the love we receive, our priorities and numerous variables. Water ef ...Read More....

From Toilet to Tap From Toilet to Tap
Chad Staddon, UWE Bristol
November 2016
From Toilet to Tap?: wastewater reuse is an idea whose time has surely come Chad Staddon, Professor of Resource Economics and Policy, University of the West of England A standard opening gambit at climate change, water and sustainability conferences is to note that increasing climatic volatility (warmer average temperatures an ...Read More....

Water Words Water Words
Sarah Bell, University College London
October 2016
This is the blog of the Water Efficiency Network. We write about water efficiency. Why ‘efficiency’? Why not water conservation, water saving or water use? Perhaps these are just synonyms, and we all know what we are talking about. But the words we choose to talk about the world matter. Words shape our thinking. The language ...Read More....

Is Saving Water Really Just Common Sense? Is Saving Water Really Just Common Sense?
Ana-Maria Millan, Consumer Council for Water
Sept 2016
Is saving water really just ‘common sense’? Many of us take action routinely to save water. But are we really thinking about what we’re doing or, as new research by CCWater suggests, are we just relying on our ‘common sense’? Our research, ‘Attitudes to Tap Water and Using Water Wisely’, reveals that two-thir ...Read More....

On the banks of the River Nile – water use and water efficiency in Egyptian villages On the banks of the River Nile – water use and water efficiency in Egyptian villages
Suzanne Armsden, Brighton University
Aug 2016
Until a few years ago I lived in Upper Egypt within a small village community on the Eastern banks of the Nile opposite the granite ridge which forms the Valley of the Kings. The River Nile – which courses through over 10 countries – has always been the lifeblood of the average Egyptian. The waters of this great river flow ...Read More....

Does Water Unite or Divide Us? Does Water Unite or Divide Us?
Tom Veitch, Global Action Plan
July 2016
Water may just be H2O, but that doesn’t mean that we all see it the same way. There are clear differences between groups of people in how they view and use water. This was well demonstrated recently by Faith in Water, a Thames Water, London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) and UCL study, which explored attitudes, beliefs and prac ...Read More....

How PR Changed Thinking on Water Conservation in Australian Suburbs - Shaming has a Role How PR Changed Thinking on Water Conservation in Australian Suburbs - Shaming has a Role
Peter Curtain, Director, Allerton Communications
June 2016
Growing up in south-eastern Australia, I remember when water supply became a big issue. It was the ‘big dry’ of 1967, and you can gauge its severity on this ‘drought map’. As spring became summer, reservoir levels around Melbourne began dropping. For weeks people hoped vainly for the sort of ‘cool change’ that in t ...Read More....

Gudge Theory The New Tool to Get Adolescents to Shower Shorter? Gudge Theory The New Tool to Get Adolescents to Shower Shorter?
Cath Hassell www.ech2o.co.uk
May 2016
A few UK shower facts. (From At Home with Water from the Energy Savings Trust). The average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water a day, 47 litres of which are for bathing. 2 billion litres of water are used in the UK’s showers every day. The average shower lasts 7.5 minutes. The average person runs the shower for 1.75 min ...Read More....