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.


"Fix a Leak Week" is the perfect time to eliminate water waste.  During Fix a Leak Week we will be highlighting local water saving heroes - the technicians who are chasing after leaks at Stanford University.  Help our water saving heroes fix leaks by reporting water waste on campus - call 650-723-2281

Feature 1: Toilet Leaks. Click here to read about toilet leaks and meet a technician from the Plumbing Shop. 

Feature 2: Fountain Leaks.  For more information on fountains on campus and submetering, click here.











Marty Laporte will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards - award will be presented on Monday, March 23, 2015

Marty is the Associate Director of Utilities for Environmental Quality and Water Efficiency at Stanford University. She founded Stanford's water conservation program in 2001, and under her leadership the University developed a Water Conservation, Reuse and Recycling Master Plan. The program facilitated the retrofit of over 13,000 bathroom fixtures, replaced inefficient lab equipment with water efficient models, installed water saving devices in large campus kitchens, installed water miser devices on steam sterilizers (autoclaves), and improved the efficiency of landscape irrigation throughout the campus. Marty started a pilot study program to test the effectiveness of new water-efficiency technology. Stanford was an early adopter of weather-based irrigation controllers and advanced metering infrastructure, commonly known as real-time metering, allowing daily or hourly water use data to help detect leaks. In response to the drought, monthly water report cards are now issued to each major group on campus, providing a check-in on water use and conservation status that helps identify where to focus efforts. Under Marty's leadership, Stanford reduced its water use by 600,000 gallons per day, in spite of a growth of 2.5 million square feet of new campus facilities. After a 22-year career at Stanford, Marty will be retiring in March 2015.



The Drought isn't over yet!

Recent rains are no reason to let up on our conservation efforts! Even with the recent significant rainfall, we are still in one of the worst droughts in California’s history.

Because it is winter, irrigation systems should be turned off completely. There is no need to water landscapes throughout the rainy season.

To report leaks, irrigation run off, broken pipes, and water waste on campus please call 723-2281.


News about Water Supply:

On July 28, 2014, Mandatory Drought Regulations were passed by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), taking previously voluntary reductions, called for by Governor Brown on April 25, and making them mandatory. The following are required:


1. All domestic water customers are required to reduce outdoor irrigation; a 2-day per week restriction applies to lawns.


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.  Recycled water is not mandated, but encouraged for fountain use.

To view the official press release, please visit http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/press_room/press_releases/2014/pr072914.pdf. In addition, the April 25 Executive Order can be found at http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18496. Previously, on January 17, Governor Brown issued a Declaration of Emergency for the State of California due to drought and severe water shortage conditions in various parts of the state (visit http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18373).  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:

For a call to action and to see what Stanford is doing, for the February 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

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