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UC Davis committed to reducing waster use by 36 percent per capita by 2025 and has already met and exceeded this goal. Student Housing and Dining Services recognizes water as one of California's precious resources and has taken great strides in conserving it and contributing to the campus goal.

Take Action: Contribute to Water Use Reduction

  • Take efficient showers (Take a two-song shower!)
  • Turn off the faucet when not using the water (i.e. while brushing your teeth or shaving)
  • No need to wet hands before lathering up with the foam hand soap
  • Use the washing machine for full loads only
  • When washing dishes, leave faucet off until ready to rinse dishes
  • Participate in the Energy and Water Challenge
  • Report leaks using Student Housing and Dining Service's online service request
  • Submit your tips to sustainablehousing@ucdavis.edu

Student Housing and Dining Services Best Practices

In the Residence Halls

  • Low-flow showerheads and faucets
  • Low-flush toilets and urinals
  • Washing machines use 11.7 gallons per load (gpl) vs 14.8 gpl
  • Cleaning equipment and procedures that reduce water use
  • Annual Energy and Water Challenge
  • Water refill stations in every residence hall (Residents are given a reusable, insulated beverage bottle when they move in.)

In the Dining Commons

  • Trayless dining, which has saved more than 50,000 gallons of water and reduced food waste by nearly 30 percent
  • Low-flow nozzles and faucets
  • Motion sensor handwashing sinks in kitchen
  • Force-thaw (water bath thawing) only in emergencies
  • Re-circulating water troughs in dishroom
  • Mission Linen, our linen service provider, is a Laundry Environmentl Stewardship Program (LaundryESP) member
  • APEX warewashing system reduces water use


  • Drought-tolerant landscaping
  • Computer-controlled irrigation that accounts for current conditions
  • Water-efficient sprinkler heads that reduce run-off
  • Sub-surface turf irrigation
  • Bioswales collect rainwater for landscaping
  • Mulch keeps moisture in the ground

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