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Water Management Planning Guidance for Construction Projects

Water Management Planning Guidance for Construction Projects


head Training-and-awareness

Ensuring staff working on the site are aware of efficient, appropriate and safe water using practices and habits will be critical to reducing wasted water on construction sites.

Appropriate time should be set aside during site initialisation to include water in site staff training, with tool box talks and refresher training repeated in advance of high demand periods. New staff joining the site should be exposed to similar training or materials on induction. The training should include a site behaviours plan, based upon activities which will be undertaken on site, to encourage efficient practices.

Examples of efficient site behaviours can be found within the ‘how to’ guide available at

as well as in the more detailed findings from a number of site water audits reported at

A toolbox talk for water has been developed, which should be tailored to individual sites. This is freely available at

The Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) may also be a useful resource and registration is free.

In addition, there are a range of TBT’s provided by CIRIA that can be found at:

It is useful to display top tips and reminders for staff across the site, for instance in rest areas and around welfare facilities. A poster with ten top tips on reducing water use on construction sites is freely available at

Actively engage, encourage and promote alternative sources. Challenge whether water is needed and if so, promote saving techniques and alternative sources to be employed by the build team and the sub contracted trade teams.

Promote water saving behaviour and celebrate innovative examples of water saving, alternative approaches or use of non-potable sources to complete activity safely. Encourage use of environmental observations to identify water loss or expose alternative options.