Consultant Development Training Programme on Water Auditing and Water Footprint Assessment 2023

Based on SLS ISO 14046:2021 Standard and Water Footprint Assessment Manual


Water is an essential natural resource.

The issue of water and its management has become increasingly central to the global debate on sustainable development. This interest has been driven by growing water demand, increasing water scarcity in many areas and/or degradation of water quality. This drives the need for a better understanding of water related impacts as a basis for improved water management at local, regional, national and global levels.

It is therefore desirable to manage water in a systematic way with more focus on improved water use efficiency

Water efficiency at facility level could be achieved by conducting a water audit. A Water Audit is a “Systematic Approach of Identifying, Measuring, Monitoring and Reducing the water consumption by various activities”. One should know exactly how the water is being used in his premises prior to planning any water management program and it is achieved by conducting a water audit.

Water footprint assessment is an analytical tool, it can be instrumental in helping to understand how activities and products relate to water scarcity and pollution and related impacts and what can be done to make sure activities and products do not contribute to unsustainable use of freshwater. As a tool, a water footprint assessment provides insight, it does not tell people ‘what to do’. Rather it helps people to understand what can be done.

The SLS ISO standard (SLS ISO 14046:2021) which is based on Water Footprint Assessment Manual (developed by Water Footprint Network) aims to provide a harmonized framework that can be used for a transparent, consistent, and credible assessment and reporting of water footprint results of products, processes, or organizations. According to the standard, a water footprint assessment should consider water consumption in all stages of the life cycle of a product from raw material acquisition to final disposal.


To build up the capacity in professionals on the process of water auditing, quantification of water footprint, recognizing water saving potentials in organizations and educating on water conservation techniques and technologies applicable at firm levels.

Course Content

Water Auditing

  • Water audit process and water balance development
  • Water measurements – Techniques and Sampling
  • Water efficient technologies in key industry sectors
  • Rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge systems for industries

Water Footprint Assessment

  • Global water footprint management
  • Water footprint assessment for processes, products and organizations: Blue, Green and Grey water footprints
  • Water footprint sustainability assessment and response options
  • Water footprint assessment with SimaPro LCA software


  • Global and local context in water management
  • Regulatory frameworks and water policy

Dates, Venue and Fees

This is a four days programme with one-day online session with International Speakers, two-days classroom sessions and one-day In-plant Assessment. The online sessions will be held on 4th July 2023.

Classroom sessions will be held in two days 5th and 7th July 2023 from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm at Galadari Hotel, Colombo 01. The in-plant Assessment will be held on 6th July 2023 in a large-scale water intensive manufacturing plant.

A certificate will be issued after evaluation of participants and continuous assessment during the course and participants who have successfully completed the course will be eligible to enter the person certification scheme under ISO 17024:2021.

The course fee will be LKR 38,500/= per person inclusive of handouts and all meals. The participants have to register for the programme making the full payment and enrolment will be first come first served basis.

How to enroll

If you find this training programme is useful to train the personnel in your organization, kindly confirm your participation by sending the filled registration form Click here to download to or

For more information kindly contact
Ms. Sanduni Thudugala, Senior RECP Expert, Mob – 076 3162447, Email:
Ms. Nadeeshani Fernando, Programme Officer, Mob – 0763100467, Email: