20% Reduction in Water Use in One Year

NC State made a commitment to reduce water usage by 20% in 2015 from a 2002 base- line. Currently, the University has far surpassed that goal by reducing water usage 44% since the baseline year. As impressive are the reductions this year, in which NC State reduced water usage per square foot by 20% since 2009.

The Repair and Renovations and Building Maintenance and Operations units of Facilities Operations assisted the campus in achieving the goal through various measures including low flow fixtures, repairs, and rain water capture. In 2009, the University repaired the hot water system at Reynolds Coliseum, saving more than 1.5 million gallons of water.

Additionally, Utilities and Engineering developed a system for capturing rain water from the roof as well as water from the Yarbrough Plant’s vacuum separator to be used in the cooling towers. The system installed will be a model for future projects.