Water Efficiency

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.





News about Water Supply:

On May 18, 2015, additional items within the Emergency Drought Regulations went into effect (administered by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)).  On June 15, 2015 Provost Etchemendy distributed a letter detailing Stanford's policy for compliance with these regulations.  The following is a summary of the requirements listed in the letter:


All domestic water customers are required to reduce outdoor irrigation; a 2-day per week restriction applies to lawns and ornamental landscaping at Stanford.  Even numbered addresses are restricted to Tuesday and Saturday nights, and odd numbered addresses and areas without addresses are restricted to Wednesday and Sunday nights; between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

In addition, this year we are asking all users of Stanford’s non-potable irrigation water to strive to reduce water use by 25 percent below 2013 same-month levels.


1. The application of potable water to landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
2. The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
3. The application of potable water to any hard surface, including, but not limited to, driveways, sidewalks, and asphalt. 
4. The use of potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. 
5. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
6. Serving drinking water other than upon request by an eating or drinking establishment. 
7. The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians.
8. The irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside newly constructed homes and buildings.

More information about the emergency water conservation regulations and the drought is available through the following links:

For a call to action and to see what Stanford is doing, for the August edition click HERE.

Need ideas on how to reduce your water use?  View our fact sheet on water efficiency and conservation tips.


Water Efficiency and Conservation Program


Faculty/Staff Housing



Comparison of New and Old Billing Statements


Water-Wise House Call

H2Ouse: Home Tour & Take Action pages

Water Footprint Calculator

Home Water Works: Water Calculator

Conservation Tips & Fliers for Residents

Free Landscaping Classes


California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC)

US EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities




Graphic about SU's Water Efficiency Program

SU's Water Efficiency Program
Water Efficiency Goals for Stanford Buildings
Water Conservation, Reuse, and Recycling Master Plan
Map of Irrigation Boundaries & Meters


Water Features Design Guidelines  

Water Features Map


Water Features Data

Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards  
Water Conservation Program Charts & Graphs

Domestic Water Consumption FY2002 - FY2015


Stanford University Domestic Water Consumption FY2014


Stanford University Lake Water Consumption FY2014


Domestic Water Savings by Customer (2001 - 2010)


Fairchild Science Building Water Use FY2004 - FY2012


Beckman Center Water Use FY2004 - FY2012


CIS Water Use FY2004 - FY2012


Medical School Building 2 Water Use FY2004 - FY2012


Medical School Office Building Water Use FY2004 - FY2012


Fact Sheets About:


Rebate Programs

(require Water-Wise House Call)

Stanford University's Water Efficiency Program   To schedule a Water-Wise House Call
click here or call 1-800-548-1882
Water Efficiency and Conservation Tips   Overview of Rebate Programs
Steam Sterilizers at Stanford   High Efficiency Bathroom Fixtures
(Maximum Performance Testing)
Landscape and Irrigation   High Efficiency Toilets
Possible Causes for High Water Consumption   Approved High Efficiency Toilets

Top Performing Water Fixtures

  Toilet Recycling
Demonstration Programs/Projects
  High Efficiency Clothes Washers


  Approved Clothes Washers

Real-Time Water Monitoring

  Landscape Conversion and Retrofits

Weather Based (ET) Irrigation Controller


Turf Removal/Replacement

Medical School Retrofits & RO Reuse


Approved Plant List



Plant Photo Gallery and Irrigation Guide


Sunset Magazine's "Easy Water-Wise Gardening"


Water Wise Plant Retailers


Irrigation Equipment Upgrades


Fact Sheet on Artificial Turf from Santa Clara Valley Water District

Water Efficient Equipment for Labs



Soil Moisture Probes    
How to Identify Excessive Water Use    

Previously Featured in the "What's New" Section

2015 Earth Day Summary
Results from Water Taste Test 2013 and Website Feedback from Earth Day
Revitalized Waterwise Garden brought to you by the SU Grounds Department
Time to Reduce Your Irrigation Schedule      

Water Efficiency Videos


For links to additional information, please visit our Contacts & Resources page: http://lbre.stanford.edu/sem/Contact_Resources