Highly Commended Creating Impact: University of the Sunshine Coast

USC Recycled Water – Creating Conservation Impacts

USC is the first University in Australia to supplement ‘make up’ water for its swimming pool with recycled onsite lake storage water. The treated lake water meets the Australian Standard for Potable Water Classification proving it to be an innovative solution to water conservation issues. The treated lake water is also used in the cooling towers as part of the campus air-conditioning system which is linked to a real-time monitoring/control system. These initiatives save $35,000 per year in mains water costs and supply in excess of 20,000 litres of recycled water per day; which is approximately 13% of the total daily water usage.