Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.34 / 4.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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Level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 62,831 Cubic Metres 69,812 Cubic Metres

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 62,616 Cubic Metres 69,812 Cubic Metres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013

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

Baseline of 2013 was adopted as it was the earliest year that full water records were available.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 720 0
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 9,419 8,347
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 699 604
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 128 121.50
Weighted campus users 7,672.50 6,622.13

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 2,155.93 Cubic Metres 2,784.96 Cubic Metres

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
22.59

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 124,312.20 Gross Square Metres 93,481.47 Gross Square Metres

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 12.36 Cubic Metres / GSM 18.33 Cubic Metres / GSM

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
32.55

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds --- ---

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds --- ---

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
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A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

Part of the behavioural changes on campus: tips and best practices are share via website, newsletters to staff and faculty (The Weekly Report) along with social media post, encouraging these best practices.
We conduct information booths promoting sustainability practices and shifting individuals attitudes and habits.


A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

Storm water collection and management

Each building has been designed with a second plumbing system that collects storm water from the roofs and stores it in a 250,000-litre bioswale cistern. This water is then used for irrigation and flushing within the Business and Information Technology building, reducing the university's fresh water consumption of treated water from municipal sources.

Grey water collection and management

The Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory uses approximately 88,000 litres of fresh water every day. This water is supplied by ground-source wells to ensure high-quality water that is low in metals. Grey water is then directed to a 50,000-litre underground cistern, where it is reused. Grey water usage within the buildings is then directed into the storm water management system.

These systems, along with state-of-the-art sensor controls and low-flow water features throughout the buildings, help the university save 32 million litres of water every year.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives (e.g. building retrofits):

Ontario Tech has state-of-the-art sensor controls and low-flow water features throughout the buildings.

In 2016, the Campus Tennis Centre was converted to a multi-sport turf facility and it 2018, the institution replaced the grass on Vaso's Field into a artificial turf; this significantly reduces the water used for irrigation to water the fields.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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