In this period of drought, when there's a tap dripping in a bathroom or in a kitchen, cleaners should be reporting this as part of their rounds. I know this would mean an amendment to the current contract, but I really think it would be an improvement over the current process of letting the taps drip for weeks until someone in the office that can use Archibus reports it.
Reduction of water consumption and efficient management of the water we do have.
One of the biggest problems that needs to be addressed these days is water crisis. In fact it can be considered as the biggest problem since it already started to affect people among the world. More than a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. More than half the population do not have access to adequate sanitation. At least 3-4 million people die every year of water related diseases. More than half... more »
I am entering this under the water category as cigarette butts frequently end up in water ways and leach toxic chemicals such as nicotine and heavy metals into our water. (More information: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/cigarettes-story-of-plastic/ ) While we have banned smoking on campus, there are some spots on campus or in the surrounding area that are full of cigarette butts. I think we need... more »
Utilise recycled grey water (eg from sinks and showers), or captured rainwater for flushing. Look into installing on-cistern sinks as a quick win with minimal infrastructure adjustments needed (see image for eg). Sydney uses more water per person than Melbourne and the dam levels are getting dangerously low (see "troubled waters" article in staff news: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/09/27/troubled-waters--experts-comment-on-the-drought-and-water-policy.html?tc=edm|staff-news-brnd|mc-staff|||)... more »
Set timers for the sprinklers and only use them at night and when it's not raining.
Reduce water wastage by turning the taps down to decrease the flow (or completely turn off and turn on when required) while rinsing/washing.