Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.16
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 23, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Weber State University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.10 / 4.00 Jennifer Bodine
Sustainability Specialist
Facilities Management
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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 157,142,422 Gallons 144,717,607 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 49,205,200 Gallons 55,089,700 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 750 475
Number of residential employees 5 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 15,617 12,692
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,685 1,516
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 2,564 1,828

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,823,731 Square feet 2,469,079 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 329.74 Acres 348 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
For consistency with STARS, WSU is using the baseline year of FY 2007. FY 2007 was chosen because the University became an ACUPCC signatory in that year and used that year as the baseline in the Climate Action Plan.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0 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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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:
Over 95% of WSU facilities are watered using non-potable water. Our water for irrigation is obtained from the PineView Reservoir, from Weber Basin, and partially from stormwater that runs off into the main campus pond. The small areas that are still watered using culinary water are being xeriscaped.

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:
As of fall 2013 WSU has water sub-meters on over 95% of its buildings. Through water bills, WSU is able to obtain the total potable water use for the University. WSU also meters all of its non-potable water which is used for irrigation.

A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:
Low flow fixtures have been installed in the Stromberg Complex, the Stewart Library, and the Davis 2 building. All new construction is required to have low flow fixtures and dual flush toilets. WSU plans to retrofit all other existing buildings on campus with low flow fixtures and dual flush toilets over the next several years.

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):
Most of WSU's landscaping is irrigated using non-potable water. However, those areas that are irrigated using culinary water have been and/or are being xeriscaped to reduce water consumption and water bills. Many areas adjacent to parking lots have also been xeriscaped in several locations on campus.

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:
Weber State University has a weather station that shuts off irrigation controllers when it has rained at least 0.15 inches in an hour that day or when the wind is blowing at 25 MPH or more for at least 10 minutes. WSU utilizes Rain Master's Evolution software and is currently in the process of converting the weather station over to ET mode so that we will only be irrigating to the exact level 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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