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.