Water Neutrality... what is it?

A water neutral premise will not add to the overall water demand of an area and will have a net zero impact on the mains water supply. The aim of water neutrality is to minimise the impact on existing water resources, infrastructure, and the environment. Offsetting for a particular project should link to the same water resource zone for which the water resources are being abstracted. Water neutrality can be applied to both existing and new buildings across a range of scales from individual homes through to developments or regions. The concept can be applied to products and businesses as well but this guide focuses on new builds specifically. Water neutrality is calculated over a particular time period, such as 10 or 20 years. The definition of water neutrality is: For every new development, water demand should first be minimised then any remaining water demand offset, so that the total demand on the public water supply in a defined region is the same after development as it was before.  Read more here in Waterwise's Water Neutrality Practical Guidance document