Western's overall water consumption is shown in the graph below from 2005 to 2023. While the university has grown in the number of buildings and members of our community during this time, total volume of water consumption has decreased. This is through efficiency upgrades such as low-flow fixtures, greywater management, low-irrigation landscaping, and improvements to cooling systems. 

Graph showing water consumption at Western from 2005 - 2023. Over time it has declined from about 1,300,000m3 in 2005 to 800,000m3 in 2023.

Water Conservation

At Western University, we recognize the importance of clean, fresh water to individuals, our community, and the environment. We are committed to conserving water efficiently and seeking innovative ways to manage consumption. Learn more about conservation on campus.

Refill. Rehydrate. Repeat.

In January 2024, Western will stop selling plastic bottled water across campus.  Although they are not banned on campus, they are no longer provided at any university functions*, sold in vending machines or by any on-campus restaurant or vendors. Learn more about Refill. Rehydrate. Repeat.