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.