Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.85
Liaison Kelly Wellman
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

Texas A&M University
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Nathan Jones
Manager, Water & Envrionmental Services
Utilities & Energy Management
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Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 1,759,300,000 Gallons 3,462,000,000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 1,019,890,000 Gallons 1,731,000,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Sept. 1, 2019 Aug. 31, 2020
Baseline Period Sept. 1, 1990 Aug. 31, 1991

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

The 1991 baseline represents the end of a relative flat usage trend when water conservation measures were being considered and instituted. The water use trend has been downward since even with the increase in enrollment and occupied square footage on the campus due to the improvements made beginning in 1991.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 10,075 10,814
Number of employees resident on-site 235 172
Number of other individuals resident on-site 36 4
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 60,416 41,171
Full-time equivalent of employees 9,051 7,000
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,236 0
Weighted campus users 53,786.75 38,878.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 18,961.73 Gallons 44,523.04 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
57.41

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 29,010,584 Gross Square Feet 12,526,000 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 35.16 Gallons / GSF 138.19 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
74.56

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 2,810 Acres 3,500 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 626,085.41 Gallons / Acre 989,142.86 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
36.70

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

TAMU uses between 9 and 12 million gallons of treated wastewater effluent each year for local irrigation and equipment washdown at our Main Campus Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Six buildings currently use harvested rainwater.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

Since 1993 the university's policy is to install the latest water conserving fixtures in any newly constructed or renovated facility.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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