Aug. 20-26, 1999
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U.Va. begins water conservation efforts
New pre-tax benefit

Cocaine addiction linked to biological clock
Training program for child care workers offered
Brown Grounds

Ways to prevent juvenile violence

Bioethics advice goes online
Teaching workshop Aug. 25-26
Click on www.hrs.virginia.edu
Coats, school supplies, food being collected
Attention women runners
Sign up for Day of Caring by Aug. 30

U.Va. begins water conservation efforts

U.Va. begins water conservation efforts The University plans to work closely with the city and county in their efforts to conserve water as the area faces drought conditions. Leonard W. Sandridge, executive vice president and chief financial officer, announced on Aug. 11 a number of voluntary measures that the University will take, in support of Charlottesville and Albemarle County efforts to save water voluntarily. Key personnel will be asked to monitor daily consumption, communicate water-saving methods to all University employees, and prepare to implement more stringent guidelines if conditions worsen. Among the steps already in place:

  • Miser shower heads, low-flow toilets, and other water-conserving devices have been installed;
  • Irrigation throughout the University -- including all athletic fields and on central and North Grounds -- has been reduced significantly or suspended entirely;
  • Vehicle washing has been reduced to an as-needed basis;
  • Contigency plans are being implemented in the housing division in preparation for the beginning of the school year; and
  • University managers who influence and control water usage have been encouraged to begin immediate cutbacks. The University uses approximately 60 million gallons of water a month, much of it for the hospital, clinics and medical and other research.

August is a low consumption month due to vacation schedules, but the University must prepare for the peak times ahead when students return, Sandridge said.


New pre-tax benefit

Employees now automatically have the monthly cost of their parking permits deducted on a pre-tax basis, due to a change in federal tax law. The program is similar to the pre-tax deduction for health care premiums in that taxable pay is reduced and participants benefit by an increase in take-home or net pay. The change will appear in mid-September paychecks for employees paid semi-monthly and in October paychecks for employees paid monthly.


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