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.


Water Efficiency & Innovation Film Competition 









 Watch Spenser Linney's winning film

"The Tale of Hydro Warrior"


Thank you to our film competition sponsors: Stanford Bookstore and Stanford Federal Credit Union



Smart Irrigation Controller Pilot Study

Are you a Stanford single-family home owner and are interested in having a weather-based irrigation controller?  Qualifying Stanford residents will receive an OnPoint EcoSystems WaterSage Smart Controller for $99.  Pilot Study scheduled to begin in May 2014.  Click HERE for details.  For more information about the OnPoint WaterSage controller visit: OnPointEco.com/stanford.




News about Water Supply:


California has experienced below average precipitation during the past three years and this water year is exceptionally dry.  On January 17, 2014, 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.  There are no mandatory water restrictions currently, but the Governor is asking for voluntary reductions.  View the official press release and declaration from January 17, 2014. See the press release from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission asking for a 10% system wide reduction.

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


Results from Water Taste Test 2013 and Website Feedback from Earth Day


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
Water Features Design Guidelines



Water Features Map

Water Features Data

Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards
Water Conservation Program Charts & Graphs

Domestic Water Consumption FY2002 - FY2014


Stanford University Domestic Water Consumption FY2013


Stanford University Lake Water Consumption FY2013


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

  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