Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.25
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Oct. 16, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Kentucky
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.44 / 4.00 Britney Thompson
Energy Engineer
Campus Utilities
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 647,036,231 Gallons 660,453,130 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 647,036,231 Gallons 660,453,130 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 6,227 6,126
Number of residential employees 200 200
Number of in-patient hospital beds 1,019 857
Full-time equivalent enrollment 27,634 24,162
Full-time equivalent of employees 12,430 11,219
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 19,489,436 Square feet 16,065,889 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 436.48 Acres 458.30 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

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

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
27,000 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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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 grounds department takes advantage of blowdown water from the campus cooling towers and uses that water for irrigation, etc, when it is available.

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:
Most water service on campus is metered and billed directly by the local water utility. For multiple locations, submeters read by the University are installed to monitor irrigation or departmental usage. Water submeters have recently started being pulled into the campus building automation system for live meter monitoring.

A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:
A majority of main campus facilities were retrofitted with low flow plumbing and toilet fixtures as part of the 2009 Energy Performance Project. No large-scale upgrades have been conducted since, but are done on a small scale when fixtures are replaced.

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
In 2011 the University Cooling Plants implemented new water quality chemical testing and monitoring to allow more recirculation of cooling tower water before disposal. The annual water savings is approximately 41 million gallons annually, saving $216,000 in water, sewer, and operational expenses. The University received the GE Water and Power "Return on Environment" for this work in 2012.

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):
The University has recently constructed two facilities with rooftop garden space: UK Healthcare Pavilion A Hospital and Champions Court 1 Dorm. Additionally, multiple rain gardens have been constructed around campus to mitigate stormwater runoff.

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:
There is currently no technology employed but will be reviewed with future irrigation installations.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:
The University is undergoing a large FEMA Funded Stormwater Mitigation project in the Alumni Drive corridor, where underground storage tanks have been installed and a stream bed is being restored.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Jerry Hart served as a resource on many of the landscape-based questions.

Jerry Hart served as a resource on many of the landscape-based questions.

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