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.
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:
EMERGENCY DROUGHT MEASURES:
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.
PROHIBITIONS FOR ALL POTABLE WATER USERS IN CALIFORNIA:
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:
- State Water Board - Emergency Conservation Regulations web portal
- Local Santa Clara County drought ordinance
- Provost Etchemendy's June 15, 2015 Letter
- California Drought News
- Santa Clara County Drought Watch
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 Videos
For links to additional information, please visit our Contacts & Resources page: http://lbre.stanford.edu/sem/Contact_Resources