Clean water and sanitation

Water is an integral part of the University of Nottingham’s beautiful, biodiverse campuses, from the ornamental lake at University Park, to Jubilee Campus, where the lake delivers green cooling to its buildings. Water management is key to our sustainability strategy and safeguarding this precious resource is a focus of research spanning all five of our faculties. 




water refill points across our campuses


plastic bottles saved using just two water fountains


international partners in peatland conservation project




Saving Europe’s peatlands

Innovative satellite technologies developed at the university are playing a key role in an effort to safeguard Europe’s peatlands, which are critical for mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity, minimising flooding and ensuring safe drinking water.

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Learning and students

A student filling up their water bottle at a filling station
Find a fountain

We now have  53  water refill points across our campuses to reduce the need for students to buy bottles of water. Between May and August 2022, 26,000 plastic bottles were saved through the use of two water fountains at David Ross Sports Village alone.

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Engagement and impact

River surrounded by green riverbank
Blue-greening cities for climate change adaptation

We work with partners in Nottingham and across the world to show that protecting communities against flood risk can also make them greener, healthier and more pleasant places to live.

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Policy and operations

Rear entrance of De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre on Jubilee Campus which is next to a lake and flowers
Our biodiverse lakes and wetlands

Water management is a key strand of our sustainability strategy and the stewardship of our campuses. For example, at Jubilee Campus, biodiverse lakes and wetland form part of an integrated drainage system and provide cooling for buildings.

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