A recent collaborative research project by the Water Research Centre (WRc), involving 13 water companies and the UK Environment Agency, has yielded further information on the microcomponents of water use in domestic properties in the UK. Investigating the uncertainty and diurnal variations of the data has allowed the investigation of demand reduction strategies at household and supply area levels. The paper expands on these issues and discusses how this approach can be used to help plan and manage water supply in the future.

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