Stanford has an extensive history of effective water conservation efforts, and in the face of the recent 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.
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.
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.