Implementing a Sustainable Water Conservation Program to Address Enduring Water Resource Efficiency
Water use in California will continue to be a challenge as a growing population, urbanization, and potential disruptions associated with climate change will increase demand. Because water accounts for 20% of California’s electricity usage, reducing our water use as a campus also reduces the state’s carbon footprint.
In 2013 the UCI Water Resources Working Group formed to assemble the Water Action Plan (WAP). Building on past water conservation projects that have resulted in approximately 90 million gallons saved annually, the Water Resources Working Group has identified more than 50 initiatives, having the potential to reduce water use by an additional 25% (100 million gallons) as part of the WAP.