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Water Conservation

SCU strives to reduce water consumption as much as possible. We have reduced the use of potable water with efficient fixtures and appliances. The largest savings of potable water has been due to the use of recycled water for campus landscaping and some plumbing.

sign for water bottle filling station

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".

recycled water sign. Photo by Office of Sustainability.

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 see The Facilities Department.

Residence Hall. Photo by Santa Clara University.

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 2.5 gallons per minute. Low-flow toilets and sink aerators have also been installed in most campus locations.

Restroom Sign. Photo courtesy of Freerange Stock

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.

water droplet. Photo found via Google Advanced search

Building Water Metering

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.

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Recent News

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