We commit to reduce our water consumption by 15% by 2015 (compared to 2005 levels).
The University has rainwater harvesting for two of our major buildings – John Galsworthy Building and the Business School. Both can store 10,000 litres of water for use in toilet cistern flushing saving the University huge amounts of water. It is better to flush toilets with rainwater as other ‘potable' water such as that we drink or (in most cases) flush our toilets with at home is expensive and energy intensive to process.
In Autumn 2015, we will be trialling waterless urinals on our Penrhyn Road campus. Each new urinal should save around 100 litres of water a year – about the same as one person should drink in seven weeks.
Kingston University is currently in the process of replacing all our toilet cisterns with dual-flush mechanisms that help people save water by only using a full flush when it is needed. We have also begun to replace some toilets entirely with new toilets installed with low-flush cisterns.