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Water conservation & auditing in schools: Findings for greater savings

Hunt, J., Anda, M.ORCID: 0000-0001-7398-4192, Medbury, K., Ho, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 and Li, D. (2018) Water conservation & auditing in schools: Findings for greater savings. In: 10th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD & Hydropolis) 2018: Creating Water Sensitive Communities, 12 - 15 February 2018, Crown Towers, Perth, WA



A desktop study examined water meter readings of secondary schools in the Perth metropolitan area of Western Australia. From this, a suitable metric for measuring water use in secondary schools was determined. Water use quartiles on a per person basis were also calculated based on 70 secondary schools and benchmarks were established. In addition, a water audit of 9 high water using secondary schools (>20,000 kL/a) was performed to identify key areas where water is used and where water savings can be made. Total water use of these schools decreased by 13% in the 12 months following the completion of the water audits. Having determined water use averages, benchmarks and key areas for water savings, the education industry can make informed decisions about their water use and how to increase efficiency at the schools.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
United Nations SDGs: Goal 13: Climate Action
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