With the challenges of global warming, climate change and population growth, and increasing concern in the UK that the demand for wholesome water will soon begin to exceed supply, a study was conducted to survey the acceptability of introducing low flow water fittings to domestic buildings. The study included: an experiment to test public opinion about low flow water fittings, focus group, survey of manufacturers and installers, and a literature review of public attitudes and behaviour regarding water use. The results give an improved understanding of the barriers and enablers to water-efficient behaviour which is essential to the appropriate installation of low flow rate appliances and their acceptance by the public.
1. The Big Picture 2. Introduction 3. Experiment Using the Low Flow Water Fittings Test Rig 4. Focus Group On Low Flow Taps 5. Survey of Manufacturers and Installers 6. European and UK National Policy Context 7. Organisations and Schemes Promoting Water Conservation in the UK 8. Literature Review 9. Conclusions 10. Recommendations