Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Clean Water



Researchers from Lancaster Environment Centre are working with researchers across Africa to deliver innovative solutions to pressing problems with water use and safety. RECIRCULATE will “join up” the different ways in which water sustains communities, from sewage disposal to energy generation and water used in food production.

Flood risk

Researchers from the Sustainable Catchments group at Lancaster Environment Centre are involved in a project to look at flood risk and flood management across Cumbria, to see how they can naturally reduce the risk of flooding, improve water quality and reduce the risk of water shortages.

Agricultural water saving

In March 2023, Professor Ian Dodd from Lancaster Environment Centre led 50 international scientists on a workshop in Israel to explore how best to utilise scarce water resources. Its aim was to bring academic, technical, and commercial communities together to exchange knowledge to enhance agricultural practice and save limited water resources.


Water technologies

Our degree options run through The Lancaster Environment Centre, focus on teaching about global challenges such as climate change, sustainable development, resource provision, and natural hazards. For example, our Environmental Science degree has a module on Water Resources Management, that focuses on the technologies available to treat wastewater, the approaches used to assess chemical and biological water quality, and the links between agricultural and urban development and water quality.


University Operations

Water for all

We're committed to making free drinking water accessible for students and staff and we have a number of water fountains across campus plus free tap water available in all our food outlets. By adding more fountains, we are hoping to reduce single-use plastic on campus. 

Public Engagement

Sewage Waste

Our researchers work with United Utilities Water (UU), part of United Utilities Group PLC, through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to investigate BIOSORBENT, a novel microbial method for the removal of waste from sewage, which uses less energy than existing activated sludge treatments.