Santa Clara University


Water Conservation


Water Bottle Filling Stations

Water fountains and goose-neck fillers (which allow you to fill a water bottle while holding it upright) are located throughout campus. View an online campus map to see marked "Water Filling Stations."


Water Meters

Online meters linked to University Operations monitor Swig Hall, Jesuit Residence Complex, and Nobili Hall. SCU also has offline meters at multiple buildings on campus.


Water in Residence Halls 

Residence hall laundry facilities include only front-loading washing machines, using 35-50 percent less water than top-loading models. Low-flow shower heads are used in 95% of residence halls. These shower heads spray 1.5 gallons per minute. Low-flow toilets and sink aerators (2.2 gpm) have also been installed in most campus locations.


Waterfree Urinals 

Waterfree urinals have been installed in restrooms throughout campus. These units are estimated to conserve an average of 40,000 gallons of water per urinal per year.


Recycled Water 

More than 85 percent of our campus landscape is irrigated with recycled water. This represents roughly 40 percent of total water use. All efforts are made to water over night to use water efficiently. For information on recycled water at SCU, also see The Facilities Department.



The University plans and maintains the campus landscape with consideration to human needs and healthy ecosystems in mind by striving to minimize the use of toxic chemicals, protect wildlife habitat, and conserving and managing resources, such as a campus-wide tree tagging program.

Recent News


Lights! Camera! Pila!
Lights! Camera! Pila!

SCU’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and Liberal Studies department recently completed their hygiene education video starring the pila (pee-la), a compartmentalized sink that can improve water sanitation practices in rural communities. The pila, built at the Forge Garden as a film prop, is the highlight of the Education Curriculum Project for the community of El Pital, Honduras.

The Work of Sean Reilly: Water Molecules & Mountain Ranges
The Work of Sean Reilly: Water Molecules & Mountain Ranges

Sean Reilly ‘16 has a thirst for combining outdoor experiences with research. His latest endeavor is using lasers to analyze various water samples in a brand new lab on campus.

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Save water (and water-dwellers) with a sustainable diet, provided by SCU Dining Services by Bon Appetit.

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Center for Sustainability
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053