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Durham University



Estates and Buildings has a rolling programme of water conservation measures on campus. The work has involved the retrofitting of water saving devices in general public toilet areas. Additionally staff Environment Champions have worked with Greenspace to install 'save-a-flush' devices in pre-1999 toilets. Over 1250 devices were donated free of charge by Northumbrian Water and were fitted in Colleges during 2009.


Shower Timers

Greenspace have provided Colleges with 4 minute shower timers to encourage students to save water by taking shorter showers.

The idea for this initiative came from Josephine Butler College. They originally trialled the shower timers and had very positive feedback - I hope you do too!

Free Drinking Water

The University provides free drinking water across all nine of it's public cafés, this forms part of the nationwide 'Refill' campaign which Durham University joined in the spring of 2018. This campaign aims to reduce the proliferation of single-use plastic bottles by encouraging users to instead bring reusable bottles and refill them for free at a publicly accessible site.

Water Awareness

We run an annual Water Awareness Week that aims to highlight and eliminate water wastage.