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Objectives: Reduce campus wide fresh water consumption by 20% (per sq. ft.) from 2012 levels by 2019. Divert storm water for irrigation use and comply with DNR storm water permit requirements.


Embrace latest water saving technologies.

  • Install the latest version of waterless urinal device in a test location.
  • Get feed-back from users regarding odor and cleanliness.
  • Pursue additional installations if feedback is positive.
  • Continue to install dual flush, low flow toilets as part of the major renovation/new construction process.
  • Require at least two LEED water efficiency credits for new construction projects.


Reduce reliance on potable water for irrigation.

  • Install rain barrels at Oviatt House, Pollack House, and the Multicultural Education Center.
  • Connect barrels to drip irrigation systems.
  • Install underground cistern to capture storm water in appropriate location.  Connect to irrigation systems.
  • Construct synthetic grass fields for intermural sports activities and thereby eliminate the need for intensive irrigation, fertilization and pesticide application.
  • Install grey water capture system at one facility.  Divert water to irrigation.
  • Install drip irrigation in beds, as appropriate, throughout the campus.
  • Minimize the need for irrigation by installing automatic controls to monitor ground moisture content.


Educate faculty, staff and students regarding fresh water conservation and storm water management.

  • Continue to conduct storm water management public education training and public outreach through the riverfront clean-up during Earth Week.
  • Create educational materials concerning fresh water conservation.
  • Provide coupons to students, faculty and staff for car washes and automobile oil changes.
  • Track and publicize the water savings from fixture upgrades.

Continue efforts to comply with Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit requirements.

  • Install bio-filters and other BMP’s as required on all new construction projects.
  • Install green roofing to mitigate storm water runoff on existing and new buildings. Strive to achieve a goal of having green roofing on 10% of campus inventory by 2019.
  • Disconnect roof drains from selected buildings and divert water to ponds, cisterns, or other storm water retention devices.
  • Monitor the development of porous pavements.  When a suitable product comes available, install and test on campus.
by Spanbauer, Bradley R last modified Apr 17, 2014 03:07 PM

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