UVa Steps Up Water Conservation Efforts

August 10, 2007

As drought conditions continue to worsen around the area and local officials consider mandatory water restrictions, UVa has answered the call for voluntary water conservation.

Rainfall this year is 6.78 inches below normal. The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority have called for voluntary water conservation similar to requests made during the 2002 drought.

Since then UVa has taken several steps to reduce its day to day water usage such as installing low flow faucets and shower heads, performing an ultrasonic survey of underground water pipes to seek out and repair and replacing aged water pipes.

The University, which reduced its yearly water use from 23,000 gallons per person in 1999 to 13,000 per person in 2006, is taking additional steps to conserve water.

Recreational sports will limit irrigation of outdoor playing fields to the hours after sunset or before dawn. The Department of Parking and Transportation has modified its bus washing cycle. And at the Medical Center, waterless hand sanitizer dispensers are available in restrooms.

Local leaders are hoping that rainfall can still catch up to normal levels.

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