Water Management

Australia is one of the driest countries in the world.  As an organisation supporting a population similar to the town of Bundaberg, UQ recognises the importance of water conservation measures.

Since 2002, the University has invested well over $1 million in water-saving measures, reducing water consumption at St Lucia campus by up to 50 percent.  These efforts were recognised by Brisbane City Council in 2006, earning UQ the title of 'Top Water Saver' in the local council area.

What you can do

  • Report water leaks to Property and Facilities’ PF Assist
Ph: 3365 2222 or email pfassist@pf.uq.edu.au.
  • Don’t leave taps running.
  • If a dishwasher is available, completely fill, then use it.
  • When diluting chemicals, run taps only as long as necessary.
  • When washing labware or other items, reduce flow to effective minimum. 

Campus Water Refill Stations

Enjoy free fresh water refills for your water bottle.  Don't junk the environment with expensive once use disposable water bottles. 


 Water-saving initiatives

  • Property and Facilities Division maintains a Water Efficiency Management Plan to minimise water consumption on campus.
  • Property and Facilities has retrofitted all kitchens with water-efficient taps and all bathrooms with water-efficient toilets, showers and taps to reduce water consumption.
  • Stormwater, directed into the large freshwater lake on St Lucia campus, is used to irrigate grounds and the Great Court area.  In 2009, approximately 20 ML of stormwater was irrigated from the lakes.
  • Over 70 rainwater tanks have been installed at several UQ campuses and sites including St Lucia, Gatton, Ipswich and Herston campuses, Indooroopilly Mine, Dayboro Veterinary Clinic and the new Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence at Woolloongabba, raising UQ's total rainwater storage capacity to approximately 2,000,000 litres.
  • Recycled water from Fairfield Sewage Treatment Plant and stormwater collected from the St Lucia campus lakes is used to irrigate ovals and landscaped areas.  In 2009, 33 ML of this water was received for irrigation.  Another system at Gatton Campus receives water from the Lockyer Regional Council sewage treatment plant.

Resources available to conserve water at UQ:


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