Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 78.45
Liaison Anne Rogers
Submission Date May 15, 2012
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Georgia Institute of Technology
OP-22: Water Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.55 / 7.00 Marcia Kinstler
Sustainability Director
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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Water consumption, 2005 baseline year:
317,064,195 Gallons

Water consumption, performance year :
357,961,929 Gallons

List the start and end dates of the water consumption performance year:
FY 2011

On-campus residents, 2005:

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:

On-campus residents, performance year:

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with water consumption performance year):

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to water use reduction goals:

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve water use reduction goals:

Georgia Tech has implemented 100% low flow fixtures across campus. Our Deisgn and Construction Standards (The Yellow Book includes low water fixtures to the California standards). Smart irrigation is implemented along with cisterns to capture condensate water and stormwater runoff so as to reduce the use of potable water on campus. Our newsest building using cistern water to flush toilets and otherwise provide 89% of the water needs of that building. We have approximately 2,225,000 gallons of cisterns in place to capture and store condensate and stormwater for reuse on campus. 50% reduction of stormwater runoff is our goal.

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation initiatives is available:

Georgia Tech was reduced its water consumption per gsf by 23% between 2001 and 2007. All fixtures have updated to be low flow.

Additionally, non-potable water is used for approximately 50% of irrigation. Smart irrigation is also in place across campus.

Georgia Tech has worked for many years to reduce water leaks on campus. We have also worked with the City to identify where all of the water meters were on campus. Recently, Georgia Tech's water conservation efforts met with the mixed blessings of the City being able to bill for all meters on campus, after many years of working together to make it happen. Prior to being fully metered and billed, we had made significant progress in reducing our known water consumption. Now, with more complete metering and billing, our water consumption has gone up inspite of our many efforts to conserve water. We will work to renew our many efforts to reduce water consumption and conserve this precious resource.

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