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Water

Goals:

Preserve our regional and community water supply.
Reduce potable water usage by 50%.

In 2008, Colorado College consumed 48,271,000 gallons of potable water on campus, approximately 19,500 gallons per person.

We aim to cut potable water use in half by 2020, to 25,000,000 gallons per year, or approximately 10,000 gallons per campus user.

 From 2008 to 2012, Colorado College reduced potable water use by 25%.

Colorado College Water Use

Avoided Costs

From 2008 to 2012, water rates increased 15.5% annually.

Campus potable water usage peaked in 2008. If usage had remained at 2008 levels from 2009 to 2012, Colorado College would have spent an additional $180,450 on water supplied by Colorado Springs Utilities (not including sewer costs). Sewer-related savings amount to an additional $126,000.

Water Fixture Upgrades

In general, Colorado College has phased in efficient water fixtures as older ones are retired.

Fixture Retrofits Include:

  • Outfitting existing faucets with low-flow faucet aerators.
  • Replacing showerheads.
  • Replacing tank and flush valve toilets with low-flow models.
  • Upgrading urinals to current standards.

Worner Center Renovation

The Worner Student Center and Rastall Dining Hall were renovated in the summer of 2011. During that process, the existing dishwasher was replaced and toilets and urinals were retrofitted with low-flow units. The associated reduction in Worner’s water use reduction was 50%, or 2.5 million gallons.