Effectiveness of waste minimisation projects in reducing water demand by UK industry

Chris P Holt*, Paul S Phillips, Margaret P Bates

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There is growing interest in managing water demand in the UK. A series of waste minimization clubs have been set up within the country and this paper identifies the effectiveness of these clubs in reducing the demand for water within industry. Membership of these clubs is voluntary and the only incentive for industry to reduce water consumption, and consequently the production of effluent, is the almost immediate financial saving made by the company, often achieved by accounting for the water consumption and loss within site from the point of input from the water supplier to output in the form of effluent. On average, companies are able to reduce water consumption by up to 30 percent. If the entire industrial sector within the UK were to achieve this degree of savings, it is possible that approximately 1300Ml/d could be saved.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)1013-1022
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of American Water Resources Association
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2000


  • Water use minimization
  • industrial water conservation
  • waste minimization
  • water demand
  • water management


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