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Buildings and the people that use them use water. FM is frequently responsible for how this is managed. This is a growing area of responsibility from the perspectives of basic human needs, cost, resource use, and social responsibility.
Responsible organisations now measure and report use of potable and non-potable water on site. This includes the water efficiency achieved by end-users of the buildings they operate. The Government has a target of reducing water consumption by 20% per person by 2030. This has been addressed by Part G of the Building Regulations
Parts of the UK suffer from water scarcity - the South East of England has less water available per person than the Sudan or Syria. However this represents just part of the problem; many developed countries such as the UK have significantly externalised their water footprint, importing water-intensive goods from elsewhere. This puts pressure on the water resources in the exporting regions, where too often, mechanisms for wise water governance and conservation are lacking.
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