RMIT University actively promotes the efficient use of water and the maximisation of water reuse across the University, the RMIT Sustainability Policy provides the guiding principle to minimise the consumption of resources through good design and reuse.
In 2019 RMIT University consumed a total of 182,426,000 litres of potable water in higher education operations, a decrease of 4% from 2018 (190,253,000 litres). The total volume of potable water is measured using water supply authority meters installed across all RMIT sites and provided to the University through regular invoicing and a robust water management system (EnVIZI).
RMIT has a total of 1,278,000 litres of rainwater and stormwater tanks installed across the campuses providing water for toilet flushing and irrigation purposes. Additionally, RMIT has a significant stormwater catchment pond at the Bundoora campus providing an additional 1,350,000 litres of storage. RMIT sustainably extracts water from the pond for irrigation purposes throughout the campus, further reducing the requirements for potable water use. These initiatives provide RMIT an estimated 12,000,000 litres of water reuse every year.
The University also applies water conscious planting through the selection of drought tolerant planting in the urban environment. The recent New Academic Street project features two new rooftop terraces which have been extensively planted in drought tolerant evergreen plants such as low ferns, bamboos and flowering groundcover. These require minimal water to maintain, reduce the urban heat island effect and provide relaxing areas for the RMIT community.
RMIT also actively promotes conscious water usage through messaging to the community such as the promotion of reusable water bottles and encouraging people to report dripping taps and toilets. RMIT also has 117 drinking fountains across our campus and an estimated 187 refill taps in kitchens and kitchenettes, providing students, staff and visitors with free drinking water. There are stormwater pits and greased traps installed at all RMIT campuses to prevent polluted water entering the water system.
See the Sustainability Annual Report for more information about our sustainability performance.
Project timeline: ongoing
Key contributors: RMIT Sustainability team
This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets: