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Water Efficiency at Stanford

Stanford has an extensive history of effective water conservation efforts, and in the face of the current drought has expanded its sustainable water practices by managing available resources to meet its needs, while preserving ecological systems and vital resources for future generations.

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Drinking Water Consumption Trends over Time

Water Conservation, Reuse, and Recycling Master Plan

In 2001, the university developed a formal Water Conservation, Reuse and Recycling Master Plan to identify ways to keep water demand below the current San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Stanford allocation of 3.033 million gallons per day (mgd). The success of Stanford's Water Conservation and Efficiency Program is demonstrated by decreased domestic water use from 2.7 mgd in 2001 to 2.1 mgd in June 2013, even with more than 3 million square feet of new campus facilities added.

Working with Customers

To promote and facilitate water efficiency, the water efficiency team actively works with its customers to identify opportunities for conservation, and researches and tests new technology to determine applicability for campus use, such as water efficient fixtures, landscaping irrigation equipment, and building and research equipment. For its latest pilot study, Stanford partnered with OnPoint EcoSystems and campus residents to test Smart Irrigation Controllers. Participants saw an average water savings of 27%! Learn more.

A simple way that you can contribute to water efficiency on campus is to report any leaks that you see. If you notice leaks in your building or on campus call our hotline at 650-723-2281.

Interactive Water Conservation Program Map

Click on the map linked below to see a display of current and past retrofit projects across campus! Filter projects by year, group responsible for the site, and by type of project. The map also displays any new buildings that have had low-flow fixtures from the beginning.

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Water Resources and Civil Infrastructure
LBRE Operations (24 hour line): 650-723-2281
Water Information Line: 650-725-8030