Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Michael Curran
Head of Building Services, Energy and Utilities
Buildings Office
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

NUI Galway is committed to the effective and efficient use of water throughout the campus and the appropriate treatment, management and disposal of wastewater. The University will strive to reduce its water usage and increase the use of harvested rainwater through a series of measures, including: water leakage detection and repair programme, education and outreach, process-related efficiency measures, greywater and rainwater harvesting. The Certified Water Stewardship badge shows that the NUI Galway have undertaken a course designed to show Leadership and set goals/targets in reducing water consumption.

NUI Galway is committed to reducing bottled water consumption on campus by increasing drinking water facilities, improving signage and implementing a programme of education and awareness. A water-leakage detection and repair programme rolled out on South Campus incorporating mains replacement has reduced water usage by almost two thirds since 2007. The roll-out of a waterless urinal project that eliminates the need for regular timed flushing has resulted in the saving of 29,800 cubic meters of water per annum.


A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:

The attached Water Stewardship Charter is aligned with NUI Galway's Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025 and contains the following policy on rainwater and LID practices:
Incorporate water usage reduction as a key project design component as part of new buildings and retrofits. Water efficient sanitary fittings; Rainwater harvesting systems and greywater recycling systems; Leak detection; Water sub metering; Presence detectors controlling the water supplies to washrooms; and Water efficient irrigation practices.


Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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