Water Conservation

I.  Policy

The purpose of this policy is to guide the operations of the university in order to achieve the highest standards in water usage with consideration of the impact on environmental quality and economic performance. To accomplish this goal, the university shall establish procedures to consider water use in the design and operation of university facilities in the most economical and environmentally friendly manner possible, educate the university community on the use of water, and consider water use in purchasing decisions and transportation. The benefits gained include, but are not limited to, protection of ecosystems, improvement of air and water quality, reduction of waste, and conservation of resources. The University is committed to water conservation that will lower costs and reduce the impact of excessive use throughout campuses and properties.  UMW purchases 90% of its water from the City of Fredericksburg and 10% from Stafford County.

II. Methods to Achieve Water Conservation Efficiency

  1. Ensure all water fixtures are equipped with low flow appliances under a campus wide performance contract. (Early efforts related to these changes resulted in UMW’s water usage being reduced by half.
  2. Continue to strive for new technologies and install them in all renovated and new construction.
  3. Repair building leaks on an emergency request.
  4. Monitor water bills for unseen problems with over-usage.
  5. Faculty, staff, and students are required to report any plumbing leaks that are observed to Facilities Services through the Facilities Services Work Management System.
  6. Facilities Services will conduct regular reviews of plumbing systems to ensure any leaks are repaired quickly.
  7. Facilities Services will utilize the most efficient use and timing of irrigation when watering campus vegetation and landscaping.

Facilities Services will use Water Sense fixtures as required by the Bureau of Capital Outlay Management.