Water Policy and Regulations: A UK Perspective

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The water industry and the regulatory processes in the UK offer unique policy challenges and opportunities. This affects the extent to which the efficient management and use of water resources can be promoted to achieve guidelines stipulated in the EU Water Framework Directive, minimise water stress, improve resource efficiency and contribute towards achieving the 80% carbon emission reduction target by 2050. This chapter presents a review of water efficiency policy in England in the context of domestic water consumption. The approach taken was to interview key water stakeholders and analyse the interview transcripts qualitatively as well as quantitatively, using text mining techniques. The resulting data was used to map the key factors, the strategic constraints as well as opportunities for the effective implementation of water policy objectives. A theoretical framework was then derived from the findings. The chapter concludes with recommendations to promote innovation and positive change for water efficiency through improved evidence processes, communication and multi-stakeholder involvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Efficiency in Buildings
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice
EditorsK. Adeyeye
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781118456613
ISBN (Print)9781118456576
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2013


  • Domestic buildings
  • Policy objectives and strategies
  • Water efficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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