What You Can Do To Save Water

At Work

  • You can report any water defect, whether that be a dripping tap, overfilling toilet, leaking pipe or water which is too hot by getting in touch with the ESS Helpdesk by calling ext. 7171, e-mailing ess-helpdesk@ncl.ac.uk or via the online portal Planon
  • Avoid using hoses for floor washing unless absolutely necessary
  • Make sure taps, hoses or cooling systems are turned off after use. Remember! Dripping hot water taps will be wasting energy as well as water. Please report all faults to ESS customer services on ext. 7171.

In the Lab

  • Use re-circulating cooling systems in laboratories
  • Avoid using water vacuum pumps as these use huge quantities of water
  • Don’t use distilled water when it is not required
  • Reduce the water supply to water-cooled equipment to the minimum required to achieve adequate cooling

If you feel you could reduce your labs consumption, but may require funding, please get in touch by emailing sustainable.campus@ncl.ac.uk, to see if we could help you.

At Home

  • When purchasing a new toilet, look for a dual flush option
  • Using a shower timer can help reduce water use in the shower, a shower timer is typically set to 4 minutes
  • Only use a dishwasher on a full load and avoid pre-rinse settings
  • Use efficient dishwasher and washing machine appliances
  • Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need, saving energy as well as water
  • Use any left over water on houseplants