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Environment 14

Did you know…?

By 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity. A further two-thirds of the world’s population could be living in water stress conditions (UNESCO, 2012).

What are we doing?

Water is often taken for granted, but changes in lifestyle and a growing population means that our water resources are increasingly being put under pressure. At Birmingham City University we have made a commitment to managing our water use responsibly.

We ensure that all new taps, urinals and showers fitted across the University will be of a specification that consumes less potable water than standard specifications for the same type of fittings. As a result we have seen a reduction in our water use, see the table below.

water use

Although our water consumption results have very low associated COemissions, we are working towards reducing this. The Carbon and Energy Reduction Officer monitors our water consumption and conducts audits on a regular basis. We currently have a target to reduce consumption by 1 per cent, per year to 2020/21. As part of the Carbon Management Plan refresh, this target will be reviewed and an action plan put in place to achieve it.