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:

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:


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


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).


- 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:

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 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