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Durham University


Water Awareness

Water Awareness Week this year takes place from Monday 26th November until Sunday 2nd December.

Please note due to the weather conditions, unfortunately the Northumbrian Water Refill event will not be taking place on Thursday 29th November. This will be rescheduled next year.

Northumbrian Water will be visiting the University during Water Awareness Week to promote the Refill campaign, free water refills and reductions in the number of single-use plastic bottles in circulation.

They will be setting up outside the Calman Learning Centre from 10am until 2pm on Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th November. On Tuesday they will have their engagement vehicle ‘Flo’ on site and on Thursday this will be joined by their ‘water bar’ where Northumbrian Water staff will be on hand to offer free water refills for our staff and students. Why not swing by to see what it’s all about?

Freshwater is one of the Earth’s most valuable resources and one that we can often take for granted. Of all the Earth’s water, only 3% is freshwater, but less than 0.01% of this is available for use (the rest is locked in glaciers/ice caps). This freshwater, however, is essential for life – for food production, wildlife and habitats, cleaning, drinking…

All products – whether food, electronics, paper, packaging – have a water footprint: the water that is used to produce, transport and package the item. It is therefore important to not waste these items where possible. Transporting and cleaning water also uses energy, thus by saving water you are saving energy too!

This Water Awareness Week take a minute to identify how you can help reduce the water that you use around the University (and in your home) – every drop makes a difference.


Food and Water

Huge volumes of water are involved in producing the food we eat – on average the amount of water needed to produce food is about 1000 times the weight of the food itself.

Food type

Water used to produce it

One tomato

12 litres

One portion of rice

125 litres

One chicken breast

650 litres

One loaf of bread

1,200 litres (100 buckets!)

You can therefore help save water by supporting Love Food Hate Waste initiatives – this includes simple steps such as freezing leftovers when cooking for yourself, or not taking more food than you will eat when at a canteen.