Sustainable water use – efficient then effective

Sustainable water systems will meet water service needs at the lowest cost to society and with the lowest environmental impact through maximising water use efficiency first, then maximising water use effectiveness, optimally matching the quality of demand and supply. Recent regulations and tools can help, and are reviewed against these goals. Building design professionals can help more: they are uniquely positioned to influence technology and behaviour, the key water use factors.

This note was written by the Institute for Sustainable Futures and replaces the original note which was written by Deni Green in June 1999 and reviewed by David Hood in January 2005.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Urban water infrastructure
  3. Demonstrating the difference
  4. Regulating and rating tools
  5. How can building design professionals achieve new water goals?
  6. Conclusion