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Water Conservation

Housing achieves water conservation through implementing sustainable infrastructure and storm water management systems.

  • 39 water bottle filling stations are available in Housing. Filling stations are located on the main floor of each building. On average, each station saves waste from 27,000 plastic water bottles a year.
  • Promoting reuseables, Housing provides each incoming residence hall resident with a reusable water bottle.
  • Dual flush and low flow toilets and other fixtures are prioritized to conserve water. These efficiency upgrades allow for about a 50% reduction in water use per unit.
  • Energy Star rated appliances are installed during remodels to use approximately 20% less energy and 35% less water when compared to conventional counterparts.
  • University Apartments manages two rain gardens and four bio-retention basins to protect Lake Mendota and surrounding habitats and animals by reducing runoff and pollution.
  • Hydration Stations are used at Housing events to reduce waste from single use plastic bottles.
  • Submit maintenance reports (MARS) when you see leaky faucets, showerheads, and toilets (Housing residents and staff only).
  • Only wash full loads of laundry and use the cold cycle. Hang dry items.
  • Turn off the sink when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Do not let the faucet run while washing vegetables or rinsing dishes.
  • Avoid using the toilet as a trash can (e.g. flushing tissues or other garbage).
  • Ditch disposables! Refill rather than buying bottled water.