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  • California has been experiencing drought conditions since 2007
  • The Governor of California declared a drought in early 2014 and is asking all Californians to reduce their water use by 20%
  • UC Davis aims to reduce its water usage by 25%

What We Do

Residence Halls

  • Low flow showerheads and faucets
  • Low flush toilets and urinals
  • ENERGY STAR, EcoWatersaver washing machines
  • Cleaning equipment and procedures that reduce water use

Dining Commons

  • Trayless dining
  • Low-flow nozzles and faucets
  • Motion sensor handwashing sinks in kitchen
  • Force-thaw (water bath thawing) only in emergencies
  • Re-circulating waters troughs in dishroom
  • Mission Linen, our linen service provider, is a Laundry ESP member
  • APEX warewashing system, reduces water use


  • Drought Tolerant Landscaping
  • Irrigation based on computer system that accounts for current conditions
  • Water efficient sprinkler heads that reduce run-off
  • Sub-surface turf irrigation
  • Bio-swells collect rainwater for landscaping
  • Mulch used to keep moisture in the ground

What You Can Do

  • Take efficient showers
  • Turn off the water while applying soap or shampoo in the shower
  • Turn off the faucet when not using the water (i.e. while brushing your teeth)
  • Use the washing machine for full loads only
  • Use the wastebasket for waste instead of the toilet
  • When washing dishes, only turn on water to rinse dishes
  • Report leaks using Student Housing's online Service Request service
  • Submit your tips by emailing

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