With water consumption and wastewater of around 175,000 cubic meters, and related costs of approximately 1 million euros each year, water management is an important part of environmental management at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Water consumption at the Freie Universität has been reduced by a third since 2004. This has been achieved through, for example, the introduction of waterless urinals or by modifying the cooling systems.
Compliance with waste water regulations in the science buildings is controlled by regular inspections by Berlin’s water suppliers. Within the framework of water management, special facilities, so-called ‘swales’, have been installed in the ground at various locations at the Freie Universität Berlin, These ensure the ecological and financially advantageous infiltration of rainwater into the ground.