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Quit the Drip…

20 March 2014

Out of all the water on Earth, only 2.75% is fresh water: but that's made up of the 2.05% frozen in glaciers, 0.68% as groundwater and just 0.011% of surface water in lakes and rivers. No wonder fresh water is sometimes called 'liquid gold'!

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2014 World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the 'bottom billion' who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services.

Here at QML we are committed to reducing our water and energy consumption and to show our support for World Water Day we giving out 200 shower timers and water saving hints to the students and staff at the three main campuses from the 25th March, just visit Floyer House, Dawson Hall and France House receptions. 

Everyone can get involved by taking three simple actions which can save water at home and at work:

  • Go off the boil

Kettles use a lot of electricity, so try not to boil water you won't use: most kettles can boil as little as a mug's worth. This could save you around £8 a year on energy bills. If everyone in the UK did this, we could save enough electricity in a year to power the UK's street lights for two months.

  • Turn it off

A running tap wastes more than six litres of water a minute, so turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face - and use cold water if you don't need hot.

  • Take a 4 minute shower challenge

Most people spend around 10 minutes in the shower every day. By reducing the time to 4 minutes, each person could save 13000 litres of water a year and have a day and a half of extra free time a year.

To find out more about what QMUL is doing to become more sustainable email: sustainability@qmul.ac.uk



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