Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 8, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Arkansas
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.28 / 3.00 Jeff Siebler
Project/Program Specialist
Facilities Management
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 223,403,538 Gallons 398,708,610 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 223,403,538 Gallons 215,410,502 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 6,012 4,545
Number of residential employees 187 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 23,585 14,814
Full-time equivalent of employees 4,553 3,747
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 2,019 1,342

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 8,457,683 Square feet 7,458,641 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 173 Acres 173 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 30, 2015 July 1, 2016
Baseline Year June 30, 2008 July 1, 2009

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

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

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

There's a plan to capture stormwater runoff for our campus cooling towers, but the ROI of this project still needs to improve before implementation.

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

Buildings are metered for water use across campus. In the Spring of 2017, energy dashboards will be deployed across campus, and will show real time water use data for most buildings.

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

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

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

Few non-athletic green spaces are irrigated, and turf is selected to resist heat and drought. Certain areas are planted with buffalo grass which is not supposed to mowed but once a year. Xeriscaping is also used around a retention pond on campus and wild grasses and plants are planted by the research and technology center.

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

Rain gauges monitor precipitation and shut off irrigation until necessary.

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

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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