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Water Conservation

Water is essential to life. Let’s use it wisely.
Water is precious, but it is also taken for granted. Imagine, for even a moment, going a day without easily accessible, clean water. We drink water, cook with it, use it to shower, brush our teeth, clean, wash our clothes, flush our toilets, heat our buildings, irrigate our golf course and athletic fields, and brew our coffee, just to name a few of the many ways we use water each day.

Altogether, the Colgate community consumes over 75 million gallons of water each year. That rations out to over 1,000 glasses of water each day for every student, faculty member, and staff member at Colgate. By treating water as the precious resource it is, we can do a lot to reduce our water consumption.

First Steps

During the summers of 2011 and 2012, we replaced every shower head on campus with a low-flow model. This project is now saving over a million gallons of water annually.

All new construction and renovations install low-flush toilets and aerated faucets.

Prompts and water conservation stickers can be found in many showers and bathrooms around campus to remind individuals of the value of water and to do their part to conserve it.
Screenshot of Colgate's building dashboard, specifically, the water use section.

Water Audit

In 2011, students who were enrolled in ENST 390 completed a full water audit of the university. READ MORE

Water-saving Tips

  • Report leaks or dripping faucets to Facilities.
  • Take five-minute showers. This could save over 230 gallons per month per person!
  • Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month per person.
  • Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  • Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
  • Landscape with regionally appropriate, low water-using and native plants.
  • Purchase products bearing the EPA WaterSense Label for items that have been certified to save 20 percent or more without sacrificing performance.