The University of Worcester recognises that there is a need to manage water resources wisely.  It has developed a Water Strategy since 2006 to support the aim of reducing water consumption on campus. This sets out the drivers for reducing water consumption, our targets for reduction and a range of water reduction projects. More details can be found in the Energy and Water Management Strategy. A full decarbonisation action plan of the estate is being undertaken during 2021 and further detailed projects will be identified and costed.


Water targets

A green leaf holds many drops of water

Water SMART targets 2020/21

  • 2.5% reduction in water GHGe emissions from consumption against a 2018-19 baseline (22.6 tCO2e) 
  • A 3% reduction in water consumption expressed relative to the estate floor area, reducing from 6.8 m3/FTE in 2017-2018 to 4.7m m3/FTE in 2030-2031.
  • A 3% absolute water consumption reduction p.a. 2019-2030 to 2030-2031, reducing consumption from 60,267 m3 in 2018/19 to 41,815 m3 by 2030- 2031.

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

In order to achieve our targets, the University will:

  • Continue to 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.
  • Investigate installing external free drinking water fountains for students and staff, continue to add more internal drinking water fountains.

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.  


The SDG logos for 6.Clean Water and Sanitation and 12.Responsible Consumption and Production