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Water Efficiency

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Water Efficieny

AU is committed to reducing water use on campus through conservation and efficiency measures. Water efficient plumbing fixtures, ENERGY STAR appliances, and water conserving landscaping practices all help reduce water consumption. Reduced water consumption lowers strain on DC’s water delivery infrastructure and provides significant energy savings.

Water used in daily activities such as cooking, hand washing, showering, and laundry all must be treated before being released back into the water system. This water treatment process is highly energy intensive. In fact, DC’s wastewater treatment center, Blue Plains, is the city’s single largest electricity consumer. Reducing the need for water treatment centers will reduce energy usage and thereby lower emissions in the District of Columbia.

Water conservation also helps AU reduce campus energy consumption. Students, faculty, and staff also can do their part to help conserve water and save energy. Enacting simple behavior changes such as turning off faucets between brushing teeth and rinsing, taking shorter showers, and reporting plumbing leaks immediately all can help save water and reduce energy use.

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Water Conservation
EPA’s Watersense 
Blue Plains Water Treatment Center

AU's Water Conservation Features Include:

  • Low-flow faucets and showerheads, dual flush toilets, and waterless urinals across campus.
  • Individual building level water meters in Clark, Roper, Gray, McCabe, Katzen, Nebraska Hall, and SIS which allow us to catch water leaks early.
  • Replacement of older washing machines with newer, ENERGY STAR models, which use 43% less water than a standard washing machine. 
  • Planting of native and adaptive plant species used across campus to minimize irrigation water usage.
  • A computerized irrigation system capable of adjusting water usage based on weather and rainfall patterns.