Water sector called on to help create 'map' of public engagement
Water research organisation Twenty65 has issued a call for help creating a map of public engagement across the UK water sector.
Research as part of the Twenty65 project has shown that there are many country-wide initiatives that encourage communities, households, and individuals to improve water services across the UK.
However, they often operate in isolation to address a specific problem. This means that learning about public engagement efforts across water issues, organisations and localities is not often shared.
To tackle this, the group aims to design a database and interactive map of water engagement projects across the UK. The resources will help the sector better understand what effective partnerships look like.
Now, the group is looking for organisations to tell it about the projects it might not have captured so far.
Research as part of the Twenty65 projects looks at how water organisations – such as water companies, NGOs, local authorities, the Environment Agency, and Natural Resources Wales – work in partnership with households and communities to improve water services related to water efficiency, water quality, drainage and flooding.
These partnerships may include water companies asking people to take a shorter shower, install a water butt, not disposing of fat down the kitchen sink or flushing wet wipes down the toilet. It could also involve environmental interest groups working with communities helping to spot and report pollution problems or partnerships with farmers to minimise pesticide runoff.
An online database of projects would:
- Raise awareness and the profile of mobilisation activities as an important form of water management in the UK.
- Enable learning about mobilisations across projects, issues, organisations and localities.
- Enable evaluation of what issues mobilisation projects address and what is missing.
- Help us to understand how mobilisation projects may shape future water management in the UK.
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