Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Allie McAllister
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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Villanova University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00
"---" 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 138,871,800 Gallons 99,727,800 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 138,871,800 Gallons 99,727,800 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 4,358 4,452
Number of residential employees 12 10
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 9,563 9,613
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,127 1,951
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 690 18

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 3,388,257 Square feet 3,139,757 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 100 Acres 103 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 9, 2013 Jan. 9, 2014
Baseline Year Jan. 9, 2007 Jan. 9, 2008

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

The baseline year was chosen because that is the earliest year accurate data is available.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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 University collects rain water from select campus buildings in rain barrels and dispenses the water via a soaker hose to surrounding plantings. The campus buildings utilizing this system include John Barry, Fedigan, Middleton, and O’Dwyer. Areas watered in this way are not irrigated via township water. In the winter, water is redirected to the drains as to prevent rain barrels from freezing and bursting in the colder months. The volume of water recovered this way is unknown.

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

We have individual water meters for many of our campus buildings, we also have meters on our cooling towers to monitor their performance.

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

The new Law School, completed in 2009, utilizes efficient fixtures, thus using 41% less water. The College of Nursing Building, completed in 2008, also employs efficient fixtures, using 37% less water. In the renovation of Shennan and Sullivan Halls, dual flush toilets, low flow shower heads and motion sensitive water faucets were installed, reducing water use by 25%. Water were also replaced with more efficient fittings, including dual flush toilets and low flow showerheads in the renovation of the Fedigan Hall dormitory.

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

When fixture replacement is needed we use only water efficient fixtures to replace them with, this includes faucets, toilets and urinals, shower heads, dishwashers and washing machines.

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

The campus landscape is basically non-irrigated, with a wide variety of plant material, some, but not all considered native plant material. Regular irrigation is not used anywhere with the exception of certain athletic fields. Irrigation does take place where there are new plantings as well as during extreme dry conditions, in order to maintain the life of some plants.

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

Because we have very little permanent irrigation around campus the University does not utilize weather informed irrigation technology. The athletic fields that do have permanent irrigation are not set on a time, there are turned on manual when needed based off weather and/or use. The rest of campus is irrigated as needed based on weather and use. Peak heat hours (mid day) are avoided when possible.

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:

Water data was not avalible for 2005, so 2007 was compared with 2013. Two buildings were completed in that time which is why the water usage went up.

Water data was not avalible for 2005, so 2007 was compared with 2013. Two buildings were completed in that time which is why the water usage went up.

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