Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.40
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date April 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

Weber State University
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.27 / 4.00 Drew Hodge
Water Conservation Specialist
Facilities Management
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Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 142,551,169 Gallons 155,227,900 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 55,198,331 Gallons 68,946,400 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2019 June 30, 2020
Baseline Period July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016

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

WSU is using the baseline year of FY 2016 because that is the first year that WSU had accurate culinary and secondary water consumption figures.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 834 770
Number of employees resident on-site 5 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 17,436 17,245
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,866 1,805
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 7,034 1,814
Weighted campus users 9,410.75 13,119.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 5,865.46 Gallons 5,255.26 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 3,035,830 Gross Square Feet 3,020,397 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 18.18 Gallons / GSF 22.83 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
20.35

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 440.70 Acres 440.70 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 323,465.33 Gallons / Acre 352,230.32 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
8.17

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:

In 2016 WSU hired a full time Water Conservation Specialist. WSU has implemented a Water Warrior competition, a point based incentive program for WSU's landscapers to improve the irrigation and use less water.


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

Over 95% of WSU facilities are watered using non-potable water. Our water for irrigation is obtained from the PineView Reservoir, from Weber Basin.

The small areas that are still watered using culinary water are being xeriscaped, or are in the process of being converted to use secondary water.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

EPA Water sense Low flow fixtures have been installed in all buildings renovated from 2009 to present. 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.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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