OVERVIEW: To further promote and facilitate water efficiency, the Water Efficiency staff research and test new technology to determine applicability for campus use. Some examples of pilot projects that have tested water efficient technology include fixtures, building and research equipment, and landscaping irrigation. See the links below for highlighted projects, water consumption statistics, and information on rebates.
The Mandatory Drought Regulations passed on July 28, 2014 by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) have been modified to include additional restrictions. As of March 27, 2015, the following are required:
EMERGENCY DROUGHT MEASURES:
1. All domestic water customers are required to reduce outdoor irrigation; a 2-day per week restriction applies to lawns at Stanford.
PROHIBITIONS FOR ALL WATER USERS IN CALIFORNIA:
2. The application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk.
3. Using potable water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
4. Using a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
5. Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.
6. Irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation (NEW).
(NEW) PROHIBITIONS AFFECTING COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES:
- restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request
- operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.
See the March 27 Executive Order and the official Press Release. Governor Brown issued a Declaration of Emergency on for the State of California due to drought and severe water shortage conditions in various parts of the state January 17, 2014. On April 1, 2015 the Governor issued an executive order mandating additional water use reductions and regulations from the State Water Board. More updates will be posted in the next month once we hear how Stanford University will be impacted. For the latest Drought News go to http://ca.gov/drought/. Visit the Drought Watch website for Santa Clara County.
For more information about the emergency water conservation regulations see information provided by the SWRCB in the following links:
- Resolution from March 17, 2015
- Regulation from March 27, 2015
- Fact Sheet on updated Regulation
- Staff Presentation at March 17, 2015 Water Board Meeting
- State Water Board - Emergency Conservation Regulations web portal
- Local Santa Clara County drought ordinance
For a call to action and to see what Stanford is doing, for the April edition click HERE.
Need ideas on how to reduce your water use? View our fact sheet on water efficiency and conservation tips.
Marty Laporte received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards on Monday, March 23, 2015
Water Efficiency Videos
For links to additional information, please visit our Contacts & Resources page: http://lbre.stanford.edu/sem/Contact_Resources