From remodeling bathrooms and kitchens on campus to installing bottle fill-up stations, 23 University plumbers keep this campus flowing. The Plumbing Shop use the latest industry technology to update fixtures; repair broken water pipes and cracked and broken drain lines; and clean clogged toilets, sinks, tubs, and main drains. This intricate work means that plumbers must often work late at night or on weekends to avoid interrupting the daily routines of students and staff on campus. They also work closely with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission to ensure the University receives the highest quality water.
The Plumbing Shop is committed to reducing BU’s water consumption by installing low-flow shower heads, toilets and urinals, and hands-free sinks. Low-flow shower heads use 1.6 gallons per minute (gpm) versus 3.5 gpm, and low-flow toilets use 1.3 gallons of water per flush vs. 3.5 gallons. The Plumbing Shop also installed 12 self-sustaining TOTO EcoPower sensor faucets at 595 Commonwealth Avenue and will continue to install more on campus. These faucets use water to power the motion sensor that turns the water on and off. The flow of water spins a high-efficiency turbine, which powers the faucet and stores energy in the backup battery. With as few as 10 uses per day, the EcoPower system replenishes its charge.
In spring 2010, BU became one of the first universities to install bottle fill-up stations at their major sports workout facility. This pilot program encourages users to bring a reusable bottle to fill the water fountain. An LCD screen displays the number of plastic bottles that have been saved by calculating the number of people who have filled up.