Begins Water Conservation Efforts/Supports Voluntary Community Cutbacks
11, 1999 -- The University of Virginia plans to work
closely with the city and county in their efforts to conserve water
as the area faces drought conditions. Leonard W. Sandridge, vice
president and chief financial officer, announced today a number
of voluntary measures that the University will take.
have been watching the weather situation closely, and as a significant
water consumer in the community, it is our responsibility to begin
taking steps to conserve water on Grounds," Sandridge said.
"We have asked key individuals here at the University who have
direct responsibility for our water consumption to work together
in guiding our conservation efforts." They 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.
the steps already in place:
shower heads, low-flow toilets, and other water-conserving devices
have been installed as a matter of University policy;
throughout the University -- including all athletic fields and
on central and North Grounds -- has been reduced significantly
or suspended entirely;
washing has been reduced to an as-needed basis;
plans are being implemented in the housing division in preparation
for the beginning of the school year; and
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 is for the Hospital, clinics, and medical and
is a low consumption month due to vacation schedules, but we must
prepare for the peak times ahead when our students return, Sandridge
said. "We will continue to work closely with the city and the
county on this crucial community-wide effort."
Carol Wood, (804) 924-6189.