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.