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With increasing demand on ever scarcer water resources and the rising costs associated with them, the University of Cumbria recognised that its activities were having an impact on local, regional and global water levels, and full acknowledged its responsibility to become more water efficient as a result.
As part of their commitment to improving their water efficiency and reducing their environmental impacts, the University of Cumbria partnered with water conservation company ADSM to access grant funding, coupled with specialist advice and interventions aimed at driving down their water consumption, achieving best practice across their portfolio; and without any necessity for capital investment.
The initiative is unique in the water sector as it takes a fully comprehensive approach to water management; aiming to reduce water consumption through the installation of water saving technologies; the reduction of tariffs and charges; the prevention of leaks; data analysis and monitoring; sustainability reporting; and the promotion of water education.
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