Stanford's campus grounds are beautiful and require thoughtful maintenance in both dry and wet seasons. During the dry season, typically six to eight months, the landscaped areas are irrigated via the university's non-potable water supply (lake water). Using lake water for outdoor irrigation allows Stanford to preserve potable water for domestic, research, academic, and academic support facility use. Thus, maintaining outdoor fixtures to optimize efficiency is key.
Programs over the past 10 years have focused on indoor, domestic water conservation, but are now expanding to include conservation measures for outdoor water use in landscaped areas. We need your help because conscientious individual action can make a big difference. Here are the steps you can take to participate in the 2011 Water Wise campaign:
- Keep an eye out for leaking water, broken sprinklers, or irrigation water running down pavement into gutters.
- Note the time, date, and approximate location of your observation.
- If possible, take a photograph to assist repair crews with location and problem identification/classification.
- Complete the online water action report.
During the 2011 Water Wise campaign, Sustainable Stanford will recognize individuals who take the time to identify and report problems that lead to increased efficiency of landscape irrigation on campus. There will be a raffle during each week of the campaign to recognize and reward Stanford community members who completed an online water action report. Weekly prize winners will be announced on the results section of this website.
Education and Training
Sustainable Stanford hosted an informational webinar on April 25th. The 15-minute presentation provided more details about the 2011 Water Wise campaign and explained Stanford's water conservation programs. A recording of the webinar is publicly available and suitable for distribution to the entire Stanford community.