Water use is evident across the University in the toilets, taps, catering and research which is carried out throughout the year. Adding all these small actions together across the University population puts us in the category of a large water user and, taking into account increasing costs, we have to ensure that waste is minimised.
Policy and strategy
The Facilities Management team monitors the use of water across the campus and halls of residence and has developed a series of targets relating to water use as part of the University’s Key Performance Indicators.
The Facilities Maintenance team is responsible for monitoring the University's water infrastructure and utilities and works alongside the Sustainability Team to develop targets to improve water management.
ADSM Aqua Fund
AquaFund is an ADSM scheme which provides the cash, the resources and the expertise to drive down an organisation’s water costs. By participating in AquaFund, the University has had all sites surveyed and checked for leaks, has made guaranteed savings on water costs through the installation of water saving technologies, and has improved data collection relating to water usage.
As AquaFund donates 1% of its revenue to WaterAid, the University is also helping millions of people in the world’s poorest countries to have access to clean, safe water.
Bottled water coolers
Currently the University has a large number of bottled water coolers, however the aim is to replace them with over time with plumbed-in systems. This would significantly reduce costs, as the cost of buying the water in bottles for a typical bottled water cooler is around £400 per year, while the same volume of mains water costs just £4 per year.
The Problem with water
The Liverpool Guild of Students has launched 'The Problem with Water' campaign to raise awareness of the issues around water and to show what sort of action has been taken in the LGoS building to reduce wastage, such as installing water saving devices commonly known as 'hippos' in 52 of its toilets. Click here to find out how much water the Guild has saved.