designed by Shaun Farrell and Melissa Kinney, Facilities Management
Launches Water Conservation Campaign As Students & Faculty Return
August 25, 1999 -- When the University of
Virginia population suddenly balloons with the students and faculty
arriving amid the area's worst drought in years, they'll be met
with reminders and requests to conserve water. U.Va. conservation
officials have worked furiously the last two weeks to launch an
intense information campaign for water conservation.
Take 5-minute showers (shorter is even better) to conserve water
and prevent pollution.
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap
water to get it cold for drinking is wasteful.
Wash only full loads of laundry; select the proper water level
for the load.
Report leaks and repair requirements.
If you're a water drinker, at the end of the day when you clear
off your workspace, instead of pouring leftover water down the
drain, use it to water the plants in the office.
those of us who've been here all summer are well aware of the drought
conditions and the need to conserve, a reminder is helpful because
our community does not have an endless supply of water," said Tony
Motto, Energy Program Manager. "But we know we have many folks arriving
from the West Coast and abroad who may not be aware of the low water
reserves caused by the harsh summer. We want them up to speed on
features include water conservation tips listed on table-tent cards
being placed in every University dorm room and resident facility,
hangtags on shower heads in all housing and recreational facilities,
conservation tip bookmarks inside each "U.Va. Recycles" mug being
distributed at orientation, and brochures being mailed to about
15,000 University and Health System faculty and staff.
community water reservoirs are down to 77 percent of capacity as
of Aug. 23. The University purchases water from the City of Charlottesville
and Albemarle County which are supplied by the Rivanna Water and
Sewer Authority. Currently the City and County have voluntary water
believe voluntary compliance will be successful at U.Va. because
we have a conscientious and informed population," Motto said.
more information or to arrange for a photo contact Tony Motto, Energy
Program Manager, at 982-5893.
Betty Wooding, (804) 982-5846