Myerscough College

pounds saved yearly

m3 of water saved yearly

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Why AquaFund?

The Myerscough College campus occupies a site with approximately 100 buildings, which includes halls of residence for more than 650 students. Myerscough College was experiencing excessive water consumption at their campus and wanted to rectify this; however, isolating where water was being wasted was going to prove challenging on the complex site. 10 water meters monitored various sections of the college which included; the main campus, farms, a horticulture unit, equine arenas and stables. The college decided to take part in the AquaFund grant scheme, which was created to help the public sector reduce water costs and consumption without the need for any budget.

What We Did


A base line audit of water consumption was first carried out by ADSM, after which the college signed up to a three-year water saving contract. Consumption was monitored against the baseline, allowing the impact of various water saving activities to be assessed. Installing the automatic meter reader on the main campus meter, combined with additional isolation valves, meant the college had more control over its water usage and was better able to understand it. Eleven months into the scheme water consumption was slightly reduced, but there was still the potential to further reduce consumption significantly by identifying and fixing leaks and installing more water saving devices.

What We’re Still Doing

As part of the AquaFund grant scheme, ADSM produced monthly consumption reports. This identified a potential leak of around 130m3 per day – around six milk tankers a day. The college worked with ADSM and United Utilities to locate the leak and it was quickly fixed by the Estate’s team.

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

“AquaFund has provided us with the means to make sustainable water efficiencies across the college. It has also given us the ability to quantify these through their detailed monthly reports and to pinpoint our savings. We have had great cooperation from ADSM and they are easy to deal with. AquaFund is a very worthwhile scheme.”

Allan Nickson

Head of Sustainability and Special Projects, Myerscough College