Practical Guide: Water Management for Buildings

A guide on water management for cultural buildings in the context of environmental sustainability, designed to help you understand and monitor water use and implement an action plan to improve efficiency and water conservation.

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Water is perhaps the planet's most valuable resource - without it, life as we know it wouldn't exist. As the ultimate "circular resource", it needs to be used wisely and passed on as unpolluted as possible so that we can keep our water system healthy. Water can also be a high and unseen cost to cultural buildings, and controlling the amount of water you use can reduce both financial waste as well as carbon emissions.

This guide focuses on water management in the context of environmental sustainability. Through case studies, information and top tips, it will help building managers to:

  • Understand where water is used and the relationship between “fresh” water use and wastewater generation (sewerage).
  • Measure whole site water use and zonal or local appliance water use.
  • Compare their water use to industry benchmarks. 
  • Develop a plan which prioritises actions to reduce use and costs.
  • Monitor and review progress.

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