In FY 2017/2018, Vanderbilt University consumed over 255 million gallons of water, down from 1.5 billion gallons in 2006/2007, or 81% in 11 years. VU Plant Operations has been systematically retrofitting restrooms throughout the institution. Since 2007, Plant Operations has retrofitted over 3,500 bathroom fixtures saving over 50 million gallons of water and $175,000 annually on Vanderbilt’s main campus.
Conserving water on campus preserves a valuable natural resource and lessens Vanderbilt’s environmental impact while saving the university thousands of dollars each year. VU is saving approximately 50 million gallons of water annually, or over 1,600,000 bathtubs, from bathroom retrofits and groundwater reuse projects completed on campus so far!
To provide better access to drinking water for us in reusable containers and cut down on the disposals of single-use plastic bottles, Vanderbilt has invested in installing rapid water-bottle fillers throughout campus. Here is a map of the numerous fillers all over campus.
Continue reading to learn more about water on Vanderbilt’s campus!
Water Conservation Tips
To do your part to save water:
In Residence Halls
- Wash full, rather than partial, loads of clothes;
- Take efficient showers;
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth; and
- Report water leaks and dripping faucets to your Area Maintenance Supervisor (AMS) – find your AMS and their contact information on OHARE’s website.
In Offices and Labs
- Turn off the water when it is not in use;
- Report water leaks, broken toilets, and dripping faucets; on campus contact Plant Operations (343-9675); and
- Wash full, rather than partial, loads of labware, dishes, or clothes.
- Take efficient showers and install low-flow showerheads and low-flow aerators on faucets;
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth;
- Wash full, rather than partial, loads of dishes and clothes; and
- Install a rain barrel at home to use rainwater for yard and garden irrigation.
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