Water - Best Practice

Best Practice

The cost to use water does not reflect the cost to the environment and society – institutions have been able to use natural resources at minimal expense. We all consume water faster than it can be naturally replenished and our draw on groundwater and river supplies affects ground stability and causes biodiversity loss. Our water use at Charles Sturt University can be quite substantial and so it’s clear that we have a responsibility to ensure appropriate management of water.

Importance of water sustainability

State and federal government legislative requirements drive Charles Sturt University and other institutions to use water wisely and efficiently in our operations.

The impacts of climatic conditions, such as drought and unpredictable rainfall patterns, in conjunction with local water restrictions, have forced us to carefully scrutinise where we can save water. Saving water also benefits the bottom line by reducing water bills and saving the University money.

Water management is about improving our operations to reduce water use. This applies to facilities, such as toilets, taps and showers, but also to the way we water campus grounds and how water is used in laboratories.

Charles Sturt’s water management practices achieve these outcomes:

  • reduction in operating costs and improvements in operational efficiencies
  • cost savings in the face of rising water rates
  • compliance with water efficiency regulations
  • a heightened sense of social responsibility in relation to water-related climate change issues.


Richard Overall Division of Facilities Management Albury-Wodonga
Ben Moore Division of Facilities Management Dubbo
Matt Hunt Division of Facilities Management Wagga Wagga
Leanne Hawkins Faculty of Science Wagga Wagga
James Kelly UniLife Wagga Wagga
Toby Perry Cheers Wagga Wagga
Peter Skewes Charles Sturt Sustainability Wagga Wagga
Steve Mitsch Division of Facilities Management Albury-Wodonga
Robert Englert Division of Facilities Management Wagga Wagga
Michael Williams Division of Facilities Management Bathurst
Dane Berg Division of Facilities Management Bathurst
David Anderson Division of Facilities Management Orange
Matt Newton Division of Facilities Management Port Macquarie
Martin Breust Division of Facilities Management Wagga Wagga

Progress towards best practice

This framework was benchmarked with the Energy framework under the title of ‘Utilities’ in August 2015.

The below graph illustrates our progress towards best practice across the eight (8) activity areas.  The grey bars reaching four (4) highlight best practice and the lower bars in orange indicate Charles Sturt’s current 2020 ratings.  An absence of a blue bar indicates ‘no progress’ for this activity area.