Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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Slippery Rock University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.12 / 2.00 Scott Albert
director of facilities
facilities & planning department
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 61202000 Gallons 68810000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 61202000 Gallons 68810000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2379 2881
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 8687 7704
Full-time equivalent of employees 858 826
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 1158 141

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2511667 Square Feet 1916095 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 512 Acres 511.60 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Sept. 1, 2014 Aug. 30, 2015
Baseline Year Sept. 1, 2004 Aug. 30, 2005

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:

The water use baseline was adopted to stay consistent with the base year selected for our greenhouse gas emissions inventory program.


Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
1000 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
0 Gallons

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

The 1,000 gallons of water recycled/reused during the performance year represents the estimated greywater system water use at the Macoskey Center's Harmony House, which recycles/reuses water from one washing machine, one kitchen sink, and one bathroom lavatory/shower. The greywater from these fixtures is recovered and reused to irrigate an outdoor aquatic planting area and meadow.


A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:

Twelve buildings on campus have inline vortex flow meters that are tied into the campus building automation system. The data is collected and analyzed in a utility reporting database. All potable campus water is provided by the Slippery Rock Municipal water authority, with annual water usage quantified by the authority.


A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:

An ESCO project completed several years ago included the installation of low-flow water fixtures throughout campus.


A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

SRU’s Energy Conservation Policy includes “Action Step 6: Implement Water Conservation Procedures. (a) Faucets, hose bibs and other water-using equipment should never be left open and unattended. Low flow devices should be used where practical and economically justified. Also, all new construction is to be designed to LEED standards, which include water efficiency credits.” In general, exterior building hose bibbs are also locked to prevent unauthorized use of potable water.


A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

The University’s general policy is to not use potable water for irrigation purposes, with the exception of the Kritchfield varsity baseball and Egli soccer fields. Indigenous and local plantings that do not require irrigation are used as much as practical, and water-efficient landscape designs are employed in new building/major renovation projects as part of our mandate to design new construction to LEED standards.


A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:

The rainwater low-flow irrigation system for plantings at the Smith Student Center have rain sensors that prevent the water pump from turning on when it is raining.


A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

In addition to those described above, SRU employs the following water conservation and efficiency strategies:
- Use of a Clivus Multrum toilet/composting system (that does not require any water service) at the Macoskey Center Harmony House;
- The installation of artificial turf at the SRU football field, which avoids the need for any irrigation at all at that location.
- Incorporating water conservation principles in SRU's Energy Action Campaign "Small Steps, Big Payoff", in which we encourage students to reduce their shower time by just five minutes per day to conserve million of gallons of water per year.


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

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