Water Conservation Efforts

On earth water is a plentiful resource; drinking water is very limited though, especially in arid Greeley, Colorado. Facilities Management conserves drinking water on campus by:

Upgrading toilets on campus

All toilets on campus, except for those in Arts Annex, meet or exceed water efficiency standards. The toilets range from models that use 1.1 to 1.6 gallons per flush and the urinals in the Rec Center use half the federally mandated amount of water with only 0.5 gallons of water used per flush!

Installing pressure-assist devices in toilet tanks

The University Apartments, Lawrenson and West Campus Housing South Building have device in the toilet tank that uses the pressure used to fill the tank to pressure charge the water for each flush. The increased pressure allows the toilet to use only 1.1 gallons of water per flush. Plus, unlike the older low-flow toilets, everything goes down the first time, actually saving water.

Upgrading the aerators on faucets

Newer aerators were installed on the faucets in bathrooms and kitchens in the University Apartments and Lawrenson that use only 0.5 gallons per minute, but are just as useful as the traditional faucets.

Installing low-flow shower heads

Low flow shower heads are installed in the dorms to reduce water waste during each shower. Along with wise water practices, these save about 1-2 gallons of water per minute.

Eliminating afternoon watering between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

We made the necessary changes to our automated sprinkler systems, and established procedural changes for how we manage our manual sprinkler systems. If you see a sprinkler system problem, such as a broken sprinkler head, misaligned sprinkler head, or stuck sprinkler zone, please call the Service Center at 351-2446 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., or UNC PD at 351-2245 after hours to report the problem!

Using non-potable water for irrigation instead of drinking water

On campus we irrigate some areas with non-potable water, which is water that has not gone through water treatment. This eliminates the need to treat water that just goes out onto landscaping, thereby saving the energy and the chemicals needed to make water safe to drink. The non-potable irrigation system currently services Nottingham Field, the Butler-Hancock Practice Fields, and the Xeric Demonstration Park, and we are looking to expand these systems to more areas around campus.

Monitoring the water we use

We monitor our water use through a campus-wide mechanical equipment survey to verify correct function. With this we can detect issues early and correct problems that could otherwise overuse water on campus.

 

We need your help too!

There are many ways to save water that add up quickly. When rinsing your coffee pot, try using less water, and then water any office plants with the rinse water. If your office has a hand sink, make sure that your faucets and shutoff valves are working properly; if there’s a drip, please contact the Service Center at 351-2446 so we can send a plumber to fix your sink! Thank you for all your help.

For more information about water conservation in the office and around your home, please check out the following links.