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The UF Clean Water Campaign aims to build awareness of water quality issues and solutions on the University of Florida campus. The administration, students, faculty and staff work together to reduce pollution in campus water bodies through water quality monitoring, storm drain marking, implementing pollution prevention practices, and analyzing stormwater effects on each campus water basin.

Reclaimed Water

UF’s Water Reclamation Facility processes up to three million gallons of waste water a day. With the exception of some sports/recreation areas and distal areas, over 98% of the university’s irrigation needs are served by the reclaimed water system, thereby greatly reducing campus use of potable water for that purpose. Reclaimed water is also used to cool the adjacent co-generation power plant. The university recently constructed a 1.5 million gallon water storage tank. When reclaimed water supply exceeds demand, reclaimed water that meets drinking water standards can be stored in the tank, rather than discharged. When reclaimed water demand exceeds supply, the storage tank can be accessed to reduce the need for supplemental fresh water use.

Housing and Residence Education

The Department of Housing and Residence Education Green Team/Recycling/Sustainability Committee encourages residents to take shorter, cooler showers. Several residence halls, including the Yulee, Graham and Murphree Areas are outfitted with shower timers.

Additional water conservation efforts are also being encouraged through reminders posted in residence halls, and through the annual Eco-Challenge inter-residence hall competition.  Recommended actions include turning off water while brushing teeth or shaving and reporting leaking faucets, shower heads, and “running” toilets through iService, the online maintenance request program.

Water in Laboratories

For laboratory experiments where potable water is required to support research/experiments, the UF Utilities Policy mandates that “use will not exceed 30 minutes duration and must be under constant observation by qualified personnel. Research/experiments requiring more than 30 minutes of pass through water must use self-contained recycling-cooling equipment. The Director, Physical Plant Division, must approve exceptions to this policy in writing in advance.”

Tips for Water Conservation

  • Use a water filter and a reusable container or cup. Also, store a pitcher or other container of water in the refrigerator and keep some reusable cups on hand so that office mates and visitors can hydrate without the plastic bottle waste.
  • Make sure that faucets are turned off all the way and promptly report leaky faucets, toilets and sprinklers to the PPD Work Management. Call 352-392-1121 or email workorder@admin.ufl.edu to report an issue. 
  • Don’t throw anything into storm drains. These lead directly to creeks or to Lake Alice, and ultimately our drinking water aquifer.

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