Water is among the most vital and limited natural resources.

To aid in regional and national conservation efforts, NC State has reduced its water use by 50 percent since 2001. With droughts and water shortages becoming more commonplace in the United States, NC State will continue to increase its efficiency while also making advances to improve the quality of stormwater on campus.

What You Can Do

Shorten Your Shower

Nearly 1 in every 5 gallons of water used indoors in the United States goes down the shower drain. So if you didn’t think that 25-minute shower you take matters, think again. Set a timer to see how long you really do stay in the shower (it’s longer than you think). A 10-minute shower is about 25 gallons of water. Every minute you shorten it, you save 2.5 gallons.

Turn off the Tap

Did you know that most people use 70 gallons of water a day? In the bathroom, turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth. And if you wash dishes by hand, slow the flow while you’re scrubbing. By turning off the tap while you’re not actually using water, you’ll reduce your daily water use.

Fix it Fast

Small leaks can add up to gallons of water lost per day. Common types of leaks include leaking toilet flappers and dripping faucets. Find a leak on campus? Report it. A leaky showerhead that drips once every 6 seconds will waste 500+ gallons of water per year. You could run your dishwasher 60 times with that.