Water (0506P29)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Sustainability

Passed: 14/06/2010 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • Guidelines from Thames Water recommend that large offices with catering should use no more than 1,826gal per person each year if they are making efficient use of water
  • That hose pipe bans have been in effect throughout the South East of England for a number of years and that this is likely to continue. These bans represent an effort to reduce water usage in an effort to prevent water shortages
  • That for many students their term time accommodation is the first time that they have lived and managed a home and as such are largely unaware of issues such as energy saving and water usage
  • That any reduction in water usage would represent a saving not only financially but also environmentally
  • That the UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (hereafter DEFRA) recommendations on Water Usage policy state that organisations:

    report on their performance to demonstrate to all stakeholders that theirs is a well-run,     environmentally responsible organisation
    measure their water usage
    review water costs, use and discharges and detect possible leaks
    set targets to reduce their water and wastewater usage
    achieve savings and improve performance and competitiveness
    That DEFRA has shown that inappropriate use of water can cost an organisation as       much as 1-2% of its turnover and at sites where there have been no previous attempts to save water, savings of up to 20% are usually achievable at little or no cost
  • That as a good corporate citizen it has a duty to reduce its water usage. That as part of an environmental impact assessment such reporting of water usage will increase stakeholder confidence that the Union is a well-run and environmentally responsible organisation
  • That water consumption reduction represents not only a more sustainable but also a more cost effective solution to water shortages
  • That increasing water usage efficiency at home will deliver real cost of living savings for students
  • To advertise the grant schemes (for homeowners) and free products (for those in rented accommodation and homeowners) available from local water companies to reduce water consumption at home
  • To work with the Estates and Building Management Department of the university to monitor, report on and reduce its water usage
  • To advertise methods that students can utilise both at home and at University to reduce personal water usage
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy