Water

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What you can dowater

  • Always turn off running taps
  • Use a reusable water bottle and fill it up at one of our drinking water fountains.
  • 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. Contact us at sustainable-campus@unimelb.edu.au.

Drinking Water Fountains

Additional internal and external water fountains have been installed around the Parkville and Southbank campus to minimise the purchase of bottled water by providing staff and students with easily accessible locations to refill their reusable drink bottles.

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