6.2 Water consumption per person
AIT measures the total volume of water used in the university that is taken from mains supply, desalinated, or extracted from rivers, lakes, or aquifers.
6.3 Water usage and care
The Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) of the Asian Institute of Technology with operation capacity : 1500 m3/day was constructed in 2012 by the Ranhill Water Technologies (Thai) LTD (RWTT), with the concept of BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer) Agreement.
AIT Preventing water system pollution Processes to prevent polluted water entering the water system, including pollution caused by accidents and incidents at the university.
AIT provided free water facility to students with total of
- 26 free drinking water dispensers in the residential area
- 65 free drinking water dispensers in the academic area
- 5 paid water dispensers vending machines in the residential area
- 2 vending machine dispensers for drinking water bottles and other soft drinks
- Free drinking water dispenser at Cafeteria and SU Snack Bar
AIT is committed to building energy-resource-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings and applying construction practices throughout the life cycle of buildings: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.
(Buildings and Construction) Goals:
- To develop an internationally benchmarked sustainable facility tool by 2026 for the entire life cycle of buildings: planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition
- To improve 20% of the AIT buildings as green buildings over 5 years from 2022
- To promote a 10% use of building materials made from recycled materials
Drought-resistant plants play a crucial role in sustainable landscaping, especially in regions prone to water scarcity. Within the Green campus of the AIT (Asian Institute of Technology) University, an impressive array of 20 diverse drought-resistant plant varieties thrive, showcasing nature’s resilience and adaptability. These plants not only enhance the campus’s aesthetics but also contribute significantly to environmental sustainability and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
6.4 Water usage and care
AIT is dedicated to sustainable water management. The Institute’s Waste Water Policy ensures responsible treatment of wastewater and rainwater. AIT is committed to reusing at least 70% of the water used on campus by 2026, compared to 2021 levels. We are also working to expand the usage of treated water across the campus by 20% within the same timeframe. Furthermore, AIT is transforming its wastewater facilities into systems that generate 5% of AIT’s energy through biogas for cooking and electricity. These efforts are implemented by the Office of Facilities and Asset Management under the oversight of the Vice President for Administration.
Refer to page 10, Annex 3 on Waste Water
At AIT The water is treated as per the THAI obligation of the water treatment control standards of the Ministry of Science as per the below table.
The treated water which is maintained safe to avoid any kind of pollution is sent from the WWTP into the AIT canal system and partially to the external Canal / Klong in Klong Lunag. To save the piped water supply, the canal water in turn is used for watering the plants throughout the campus through a sprinkler system. Treated water helps to maintain the water level in canals and thereby also helps to maintain an aqua ecosystem in canals in the dry season.
6.5 Water in the community
AIT Water management educational opportunities provide educational opportunities for local communities to learn about good water management
AIT promoting conscious water usage Actively promote conscious water usage on campus, and in the wider community.
AIT supports Off-campus water conservation.
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has actively collaborated with local communities and conservation efforts. NRM’s engagement in this unique coastal ecosystem goes beyond academic study—it represents a profound commitment to preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable practices.
AIT have sustainable water extraction on campus
Goal 1: To reduce water usage from external sources by 20% in 2026 compared to 2021
- Through a communication plan to share with the campus community water performance.
- Charge the consumer for the water used and inculcate a habit of responsible usage (with incentives).
- Through engagement and awareness programs with regular publicity campaigns.
- Through the implementation of a Management Information System to monitor consumption and measure and verify savings of water.
- Through reporting frameworks to report leaking taps and water valves.
- Through the replacement of old and damaged water pipes.
- Through the installation of more efficient water-management equipment.
Goal 2: To develop facilities to harvest 20% more rainwater and greywater in 2026 than in 2021
- Through the creation of mechanisms and pipelines to collect and retain water in the AIT lake.
AIT’s Cooperation on water security Cooperate with local, regional, national, or global governments on water security.