Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Suzanne Davis
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Queensland
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.36 / 4.00
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Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low to Medium

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 1,360,976 Cubic Metres 1,303,305 Cubic Metres

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 655,390 Cubic Metres 706,187 Cubic Metres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018
Baseline Period Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 436 0
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 42,200 39,963
Full-time equivalent of employees 6,613 6,807
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 200 851
Weighted campus users 36,568.75 34,439.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 655,390 Cubic Metres 706,187 Cubic Metres

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
12.60

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 747,523 Gross Square Metres 788,266.90 Gross Square Metres

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 0.88 Cubic Metres / GSM 0.90 Cubic Metres / GSM

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
2.13

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 384.05 Hectares 309.18 Hectares

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 3,543.77 Cubic Metres / Hectare 4,215.36 Cubic Metres / Hectare

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
15.93

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:

UQ’s Water Management Program was implemented almost 2 decades ago, and was devised to ensure the efficient use of water resources across all University sites and campuses, increase the use of alternative water supplies and raise staff and student awareness about the importance of sustainable water management.

The Sustainability Office is responsible for the delivery of awareness programs through a number of initiatives. Online Sustainability General Training and Sustainability Laboratory Training modules havebeen developed for new staff to complete as part of the induction process. The Green Office and Green Lab Representative training also includes a section focused on water conservation.


A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

Measures include retrofitting kitchens with water-efficient taps and bathrooms with water-efficient toilets, showers and taps to reduce water consumption, installing water-monitoring systems across campuses, incorporating water conservation design and management principles in the University’s Landscape Management Plan, maximising the use of recycled water and undertaking water-efficiency audits.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

Water infrastructure, meters and fixtures are continually being audited to ensure optimal water efficiency, including checking leak prevention measures, installation of low flow devices, and the rolling out of the Automatic Metering Reading system.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Water Management Policy http://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/10.20.02-water-management
Water Management Program https://sustainability.uq.edu.au/files/808/WtrPrgrm.pdf
Irrigation Procedure https://sustainability.uq.edu.au/files/766/pro_Irrgtn.pdf
Lakes Management Procedure https://sustainability.uq.edu.au/files/769/pro_LakesMgt.pdf

More information available on UQ's Environmental Management System - Policies and Procedures https://sustainability.uq.edu.au/policies-and-procedures

On campus irrigation uses recycled water and dam water. This contributes to the difference between total water use and potable water use.

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