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Staff Report

Shawn Farrell of Facilities Management designed this image for posters on water conservation.

Despite some recent rainstorms, area water supplies remain low, and the return of students and faculty this week will increase water use. The University has redoubled its efforts to remind the community to conserve water whenever possible.

Local water reservoirs were at 81 percent of capacity as of Aug. 30. The University purchases water from Charlottesville and Albemarle County, which are supplied by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority. Voluntary water conservation is currently under way in the city and county.

Water conservation tips are being dispersed around Grounds on "table-tent" cards in dorms and dining facilities and through brochures mailed to about 15,000 U.Va. and Health System faculty and staff. As an additional reminder, there are posters with water conservation tips showing the Rotunda sitting in a desert.

Here are some suggestions individuals can follow to do their part:

  • Take 5-minute or shorter showers (that's still 15 to 25 gallons of water);
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold water;
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth or shaving;
  • Wash only full loads of laundry;
  • Run the dishwasher only when it's full;
  • Report leaks or repair needs to Facilities Management at 924-1777, (924-2267 in the Health System,) or to Housing, 924-3053;
  • Cut back on outdoor watering and do so only early in the morning;
  • Give leftover water to plants instead of pouring it down the drain;
  • Install water-saving devices -- aerators on faucets and a water-filled plastic bottle in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used for each flush;
  • Get your car washed at a commercial car wash that recycles water.


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