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Take Action: Hydration Conservation

Tips to take action in regards to reducing your water footprint (especially in a drought year)


  • Shower Time: With low-flow shower heads on-campus, 1.5 gallons are used each minute instead of 2.5 gallons. Even so, to reduce your shower time try:
  • Electricity Use: All electricity requires water, either for generation, cooling, or fuel purification and processing
  • Wash full loads of clothes and dishes, but is it better to hand wash dishes or use a dishwasher?
    • It varies on how efficiently you use water when you wash by hand, but dishwashers win this battle in most cases!


  • Virtual Water: Almost everything, from food, clothes, even your electronic device, has a hidden cost of water use. Put this potable water to good use elsewhere!
  • Water Bottles: Use a reusable bottle rather than plastic, since it takes almost 3 L of water to create 1 L of water (Pacific Institute)


  • Use recycled water for non-potable water needs, such as washing a car or watering plants



  • Any leaky faucets, pipes, or toilets to Facilities or your landlord. Help save water, one drop at a time!

Check out the Center for Sustainability Webpage for more tips on how you can reduce your water footprint.