Green Tip of the Month: Water Wisdom
BYOB (of water, that is)
Refill your water bottle at several locations on campus with fresh, filtered water. Water stations are currently located in Weiss Café and the 4th floor of Founders Hall, and another two will be installed soon — in the Plaza Building by the elevators and on the A Level (the café level) in Greenberg, near the bathrooms. You’ll save money and energy — bottled water can cost between 240 and 10,000 times more than tap water, and producing it uses up to 2,000 times more energy that what is needed to access tap water.
Waste less around the house
Make sure your faucets have an aerator, which conserves heat and water while maintaining good water pressure. Wash only full loads in the laundry and dishwasher. When washing dishes by hand, plug the sink instead of letting the water run. Report broken pipes and leaky hydrants to property owners or your local water supply company.
Make every drop count
Turn off the tap when scrubbing hands with soap or brushing teeth. Take shorter showers, reuse towels and install an inexpensive lowflow showerhead, which will save about 2 to 5 gallons of water per minute.
Did You Know?
About 1 billion gallons of fresh water is brought to NYC’s 8 million residents and visitors and one million people in four upstate counties each day. The world-renowned fresh tap water comes from reservoirs upstate that collect water from the Delaware River and various parts of the Catskill Mountains.