Water is significantly undervalued and arguably should be considered as valuable as oil or carbon. This limited public understanding on the systems involved in bringing water from source to use can result in unnecessary inefficiencies, availability and treatment costs for water companies.

Northumbrian Water, Groundwork and Waterwise came together with a number of partner organisations to build a Water Literacy Programme to resolve this. The programme has received the backing of Ofwat via an Innovation Fund to enable a first stage pilot and evaluation.

The Water Literacy Programme will be an accredited learning experience delivered across all aspects of the community. It provides citizens with greater awareness and understanding of the systems involved and techniques to empower positive behaviour changes – at home, in the workplace or in their community – as well as signposting to further learning around water and climate change.

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