Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.13
Liaison Traci Knabenshue
Submission Date March 3, 2021

STARS v2.2

West Virginia University
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.24 / 4.00 Daniel Lemasters
Facilities Engineer
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 to Medium

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 269,309,000 Gallons 301,128,000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 269,309,000 Gallons 301,128,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013

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

The FY2013 baseline was adopted because of the inception of more detailed record keeping within Facilities Engineering and to be consistent with the baseline year for a few other credits.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 7,161 6,824
Number of employees resident on-site 25 25
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 28,702 29,285
Full-time equivalent of employees 5,809 6,056
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2,577 3,166
Weighted campus users 25,747 25,843.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 10,459.82 Gallons 11,651.98 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
10.23

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 11,820,632 Gross Square Feet 6,752,888 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 22.78 Gallons / GSF 44.59 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
48.91

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 602.63 Acres 606 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 446,889.47 Gallons / Acre 496,910.89 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
10.07

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

Performance contracting has dictated the replacement of traditional plumbing fixtures with water efficient and low-flow models for showers, faucets, and toilets in many buildings. As maintenance plans have dictated, WVU has also replaced open loop cooling towers with closed loop versions.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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WVU's total water withdrawal is all potable.

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