Water Conservation since 2006 | Sustainability @ BU

Water Consumption

Since 2006, despite 14% campus growth we have reduced our water consumption by 11%. We’re continuously working to identify and implement opportunities throughout the campus, from innovative technologies to behavior change. Some of the strategies in place include:

“I’ve empowered the staff to ensure that they incorporate best practices to conserve water,” says William Walter, Associate Vice President, Operations & Services assistant vice president for Facilities Management & Planning. Staff, he says, is able to implement changes on their own by working within their budgets to purchase items such as energy-saving shower heads, without having to go through time consuming approval channels.

“Everything we do is working toward the ultimate goal of conserving resources and best practices,” says Walter.

Every day Facilities Management & Planning’s plumbing trades staff are installing and maintaining more water efficient fixtures. They are constantly exploring and testing new technologies on campus to further reduce the University’s water consumption.

Plumbing Trades

Plumbing 287

Photo credit Kalman Zabarsky

Water Efficiency:

  • Using 0.5 GPM Lavs and 1.5 GPM Showers
  • Using 1.28 GPF Toilets
  • Using 0.5 GPF Urinals
  • Testing 1.28/0.8 GPF Toilets and 0.25 GPF Urinals
  • Considering Gray Water Systems

To help conserve water on campus:

  • Report all water leaks and clogs to Facilities Management & Planning
  • Limit showers to five minutes or less
  • Shut off faucets when brushing your teeth, shaving, and washing dishes
  • Operate washing machines and dishwashers only when full and on economy cycle
  • Keep a bottle in the refrigerator instead of running the tap water until it’s cold
  • Instead of discarding small amounts of water left in drinking glasses, your pet’s bowl, or from cooking, use it to water house plants.

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