Clean water is a finite natural resource. Even Tasmania, with an apparent wealth of freshwater, goes through drought periods, which see significant drops in water storage in its vast lakes and waterways. Sustainable water management is about ensuring the availability of quality water in the future.
The University of Tasmania is formed by a large community, including staff, students, contractors and visitors. All groups use water in different activities including daily needs, cleaning or research activities. In addition, landscapes (including sporting fields) on all campuses require irrigation.