What you can do

  • Always turn off running taps
  • Minimise the purchase of bottled water by using one of our new drinking water fountains, providing staff and students with easily accessible locations to refill their reusable drink bottles.
  • Report a maintenance issues such as a dripping tap:
    Urgent or emergency requests (action required in under 2 days)
    Call Asset Services Call Centre on 8344 6000.
    Action not required within 2 days
    Ask your department's authorised BEIMS user, or your Building Supervisor, to log a maintenance request with Property and Campus Services using the Service Request System.
  • Report a Sustainability Improvement Opportunity
    Please let us know your ideas and observations about sustainability opportunities in the University environment around you, using the this form.


Achievements to date

Some of the August 2009 to August 2010 consumption savings highlights are:

  • Parkville Campus down 12% (well in excess of 28 million litres!)
  • Burnley down almost 9%
  • Werribee down more than 2%
  • Southbank Campus down 30% - now down to less than 9ML after being over 20ML two years ago
  • In 2009, an overall saving of 14% from 2006 levels was achieved across all campuses, exceeding our target of 10%. This contributed to a saving of over 61 megalitres of potable water.
  • TheWerribee-based Faculty of Veterinary Science has now replaced over 50% of its potable water usage with Class A recycled water.
  • The Burnley campus upgraded its sprinkler system, installed water tanks, replaced turf and replaced bathroom fittings to reduce its water usage by 52.9%.
  • Parkville campus has introduced a range of water saving measures including installation of drip irrigation, mulching of gardens and trees, planting of drought tolerant plants, installation of water tanks, leak detection testing systems, installation of water efficient bathroom fittings, improvements to cooling towers and capture and reuse of onsite stormwater.

The University of Melbourne is committed to decreasing water usage across all campuses through a variety of initiatives.

Grounds Initiatives

  • Continued installation of drip irrigation lines
  • Reduced irrigation schedules (times and volumes);
  • Enhanced automation of irrigation control systems;
  • 1000m3 mulching of trees and garden beds (at Feb 2009);
  • Increase number of drought tolerant plants within the University grounds;
  • Installation of draught tolerant grass on the main sports oval, Parkville Campus;
  • Installation of roof water retention tanks, Creswick and Burnley Campuses;
  • Installation of a rain garden to capture and treat local stormwater run off, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Campus;
  • Decommissioning of water features; and
  • Leak detection field monitoring at the Parkville campus.

Building Initiatives

  • reduced operating schedules of mechanical services equipment;
  • vacuum pump replacement;
  • installation of flow restrictors on taps;
  • dual flush toilets and flusher systems upgrades
  • Water restricting tap wear fitting in numerous bathrooms across the campus.
  • Sensor activated and waterless urinals have been installed in some buildings, and;
  • meter installation program.

The meter installation program has commenced in conjunction with the existing Building Automation Systems (BAS) upgrade program.


Future targets

  • Meet water reduction target of 10% less than the 2006 Baseline year of 443 MI
  • Consumption to be less than 400 MI per annum
  • Reduce water consumption through continued infrastructure upgrade.
  • Report water usage performance indicator, kL/m2 GFA