Evaluating the Effectiveness of Sustainability Reductions

Reference: 14/WR/33/7
ISBN: 1 84057 742 8
Published Date: 09/12/2014

This project consolidates the existing knowledge base of completed sustainability reduction schemes across the UK, and reports on their effectiveness, lessons learned and good practice. It highlights the scale of schemes that have been delivered and their relative success in delivering environmental improvement. Detailed case study analysis, structured interviews and facilitated stakeholder engagement identified a body of lessons learned and examples of good practice.

Consideration of the collated evidence, as well as of recent research and regulatory developments, has been used to develop a series of recommendations for the water industry to take forward for future sustainability reduction schemes. These include improving the provision of robust evidence to justify sustainability reduction schemes, acquisition of appropriate data to develop successful, cost-effective solutions, and the importance of post-scheme appraisal to assess success against pre-defined outcomes. Each recommendation is accompanied by additional guidance in the form of a practitioners 'toolkit'.

Price: £17  

Managing Through Drought: Code of Practice and Guidance for Water Companies on Water Use Restrictions - 2013 [incorporating lessons from the 2011-12 drought]

Reference: 14/WR/33/6
ISBN: 1 84057 708 8
Published Date: 06/03/2014

This Code of Practice (CoP) provides guidance to water companies on the effective implementation of water use restrictions by way of Temporary Use Bans (TUBs) and Drought Orders (DO) to help manage demand during times of drought. This project has revised the previous CoP to incorporate the experience arising from the 2011-12 drought. It has been informed by discussions with staff from Water UK, from the water resources, legal and communication departments of water comapnies, the Environment Agency, and the Consumer Coucil for Water.
This CoP sets good practice Principles and Actions for water companies in England and Wales to follow when they are evaluating whether and how water use restrictions will be implemented in their supply area in times of drought. It provides a practical framework and body of information for water companies to assist in the creation of Drought Plans and management of water use restrictions.
An electronic copy of this report is free to download from the Water UK website (

Price: £21  

Heavily Modified Water Bodies: Guidance Document

Reference: 12/WR/33/4
ISBN: 1 84057 641 3
Published Date: 26/07/2012

Framework guidance has been prepared for both water companies and their regulators on identifying and assessing appropriate management actions to mitigate the ecological impacts of reservoirs. Reservoirs are defined under the Water Framework Directive as a hydro-morphological pressure on ecological quality that requires assessment of impact, leading to consideration of mitigation. Mitigation assessment, for which this guidance has been prepared, is required wherever the competent authority identifes that the reservoir causes impacts that require mitigation. Management actions will be required to deliver 'good ecological potential' - the Water Framework Directive target for heavily modified waterbodies - in a cost effective, consistent and sustainable manner. Where mitigation cannot deliver 'good ecological potential', the environment regulator and Government may consider applying for exemptions - this will require evidence which can be presented by following the framework guidance. This main, stepwise, Guidance Document, is supported by a Reference Manual, including a worked example on how to undertake and report a mitigation assessment.

Price: £19