Southern Water calls in designers to help reduce water consumption

Southern Water is asking designers and engineers to work with its customers on a water-saving scheme that will see 600 water meters installed each week across the supplier’s catchment area from June onwards.

The Design Council and Southern Water are entering into the joint initiative – called Save Water, Save Energy, Save Money – in an attempt to reduce water consumption in the south of England.

Designers will create communications for the scheme including materials intended to help guide customers through the installation process and support them in managing water usage. ‘Easier to understand’ water bills will also be created.

Design Council chief executive David Kester (pictured left) says, ‘It’s vital that, as a nation, we manage our water consumption better. Properly understanding consumers’ needs and behaviours is key to this and that’s what designers do best.’

In addition, a ‘Water Design Challenge’ will see designers and school children working together on an education project.

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