How much do we use?
Water is a valuable yet often overlooked natural resource, one that we often take for granted. Here at the University, we use more than 600,000 cubic meters (CuM) of water per year, resulting in an annual expenditure of over £1.5 million on this invaluable resource.
Maintaining a reliable and safe supply of potable water for approximately 35,000 students and 7,000 staff is a fundamental requirement for the smooth operation of the University. The University currently consumes an estimated 1.97 million liters (1.97 Ml) of potable water per day, which accounts for approximately 0.8% of Nottinghamshire's total water consumption. We have set a reduction target in line with Severn Trent's 2019 Water Management Plan to reduce our consumption by 36% by 2040, using the 2019 consumption as a baseline.
Over the past five years, there has been a general downward trend in water consumption across the campus, driven by investments in metering, leak detection, and the acquisition of low-water consumption equipment. This includes the decommissioning of cooling towers at the Medical School, with the installation of new electric chillers.
At Jubilee Campus, we hold an abstraction license (EA03/28/63/011R02) and tap into the aquifer, using a borehole supply for non-evaporative cooling, topping up ponds on campus as part of the natural habitat, and toilet flushing at the Conference Center. To ensure the protection of groundwater resources in the area, we reduced our abstraction license volumes in 2015 and continue to keep them under review.