While many people equate energy conservation and recycling with sustainability, most neglect to include water use. Yet water is an extremely valuable resource that needs to be conserved. Did you know that turning off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving can save between 2 and 6 gallons of water? Or that the average 10 minute shower takes between 25 and 40 gallons and the average bath between 35 and 60 gallons of water? Take the time to think about ways you can conserve by not leaving the water running when not in use, taking shorter showers and baths and doing only full loads of laundry and dishes. Here are some ways the University is working to conserve water:
Ways the University seeks to reduce our water use:
Irrigation – Indian pond serves as our retention basin for rainfall. All lawns and fields are irrigated from Indian Pond.
Fountains – The water fountains at UAlbany are iconic symbols for the university. These fountains run on a recirculated water supply to eliminate the need for a constant demand on our water supply. In addition, the hours of fountain operations have been reduced to conserve energy. The fountains of the entry plaza have a special feature where the height of the water is adjusted according to wind conditions. In windy weather the water stream lowers and returns to normal height in calm conditions.
Low Flow – In our continuing effort to reduce water use, low flow fixtures have been installed for showers and bathroom facilities across campus.
Rain Garden – The university's first rain garden was installed at the Alumni House in October of 2011. This was in partnership with the Albany County Stormwater Coalition. This will serve to mitigate rainfall run off onto University Drive. To see its step by step construction, go to: http://www.albany.edu/ehs/pdf/AlumniHouseRainGarden.pdf