Water Efficiency at Stanford
Stanford has an extensive history of effective water conservation efforts, and in the face of recent and ongoing droughts 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 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 2.6 mgd in 2001 to 1.5 mgd in 2019, even with nearly 3 million square feet of campus facilities added.
Water Shortage Contingency Plan
In accordance with Senate Bill 552, the Water Resources and Civil Infrastructure group has prepared a Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP) to document guidelines and recommended actions that could be taken in the event of a short-term, long-term, or emergency water shortage. As in previous droughts, each specific event will require a tailored response with some or all the recommended actions. The full WSCP can be viewed here:
Working with Customers
To promote and facilitate water efficiency, the Water Planning & Stewardship 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.