The University of Worcester recognises that there is a need to manage water resources wisely and operate an approved a water strategy. This is currently being reviewed and updated.

The Water Strategy sets out how to reduce water use on campus, including technical and behaviour change projects with students, working alongside estates staff to find solutions. Recent new water audits help us to identify more water-saving projects in academic buildings and in Halls.

Water targets

A green leaf holds many drops of water

Water SMART targets 2019/20

  • 2.5% p.a. reduction in water GHGe emissions from consumption against a 2012-13 baseline from 2014 to 2020  

Some examples of how are we going to achieve this target?

In order to achieve our targets, the University will:

  • Implement recommendations from water audit reports including reducing shower flow rates, installing low flush toilets and displacement devices, installing manual flush on urinals and reducing hand basin tap flow rates.
  • Main meters to be fully functional on pulsed outputs and recorded on aM&T.  Enable aM&T system to establish a water leak detection programme by July 2020.
  • Expand free chilled water drinking fountains for students and staff.

Download our full current qualitative and quantitative targets and progress against targets from Carbon Management & Targets page.

Student water projects

Students helped evaluate the impact of water saving measures already installed on campus, and provided estates staff with guidance on future refurbishment schemes.  A very worthwhile valuable project undertaken by second-year students studying project management. View their presentation for more information.

Another student project reviewed the information available about cup washing for students on campus.  A new sink for washing re-use Keep Cups was installed as a result.  Estates staff 're-used' a sink, and splash back from other halls projects to do this in-house as another example of the Students' Union, staff and students all working together.