Water is a precious resource and we have a tendency to take it for granted. It's one of our basic needs, essential for life, and vital for the economy. We can only access 0.3% of the world's water, even though it covers almost 75% of the surface.
Although we think we have a wet climate, high population density means that some parts of the country have less water available per person than many Mediterranean countries. The UK also experiences more extreme weather patterns, with wetter winters and drier summers, meaning less water when we need it the most. We need to use water wisely and make the best use of the resources available (Environment Agency).
Liverpool Hope University consumed over 52,000 m3 of water (that's over 92 million pints) during the 2021-2022 academic year in its halls of residence, academic buildings, catering outlets and within the grounds at a cost of over £200,000. By making small changes, we can reduce the wastage of water, which will not only reduce the cost, but also minimise our impact on the environment. The link between water and our carbon footprint is not always made, but energy is required to treat and deliver water to our taps, and significant energy is required to heat the water for use (water is five times more expensive to heat than granite).