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.

Drought Updates

 For updates on water supply and the drought, visit our new Drought Updates page: 

If you see leaks on campus call LBRE Operations at 650-723-2281

See the results of Stanford's Smart Irrigation Controller Pilot Study, Phase 2. Stanford partnered with OnPoint EcoSystems and campus residents for this latest pilot study.  Participants saw an average of 38% water savings!


Water Efficiency and Conservation Program


Faculty/Staff Housing




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




Stanford'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



Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards  
2009 and 2015 Award Winners
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   Santa Clara Valley Water District Rebate Programs
Landscape and Irrigation   High Efficiency Clothes Washers
Possible Causes for High Water Consumption   Approved Clothes Washers

Top Performing Water Fixtures

  High Efficiency Bathroom Fixtures
(Maximum Performance Testing)
 Earth Day 2016 Summary   Landscape Conversion and Retrofits
 Service Day 2016 Summary  
Demonstration Programs/Projects

Residential Weather Based (ET) Irrigation Controller Study


Sunset Magazine's "Easy Water-Wise Gardening"


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

Water Conservation 101
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