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CP187  Domestic Microcomponent Water Use Data Demand Management
Domestic consumption of water consists of a number of 'microcomponents' eg. use of washing machines, dishwashers, baths, showers, toilets, internal / external taps. Microcomponents measurements therefore provides a reliable information on how domestic consumers use water and how changes in season, time, socio-demographic profile and 'white' good technology affect consumption now in the future.

WRc has been at the forefront of microcomponents measurement in the UK using the Identiflow® system. The 1st major collaborative study in 2000 provided microcomponent information on 250 UK households and the pool of data now contains >600 properties. This project will examine better ways of increasing the value of domestic water use data by:

  • Benchmarking individual Utility microcomponents data against a national data pool
  • Investigating how best to extrapolate combined datasets to fill gaps in knowledge
  • Providing further data on the impact of demand management on water use and exploring how to improve data use for efficient planning, optimisation and operation.

Benefits to Clients

  • Access to national information on microcomponents of water demand for a range of external factors and devices
  • Benchmark comparisons with the national sample average and with other regions
  • Justification and explanation of Utility consumption figures (including per capita consumption (pcc))
  • Ability to choose and target cost-effective demand reduction measures
  • Information on the structure of daily peak consumption and therefore how to influence water use.
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