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Excess water use and the Biology 1 Aqua Lab: Is there a practical solution?

TitleExcess water use and the Biology 1 Aqua Lab: Is there a practical solution?
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsNg, A., W. Gibbons, S. Kiang, and C. Sabine
KeywordsBiology 1 Aqualab, Plant Operations, University of Waterloo, water consumption
Abstract

The University of Waterloo Plant Operations Department, has expressed much concern over the continuing level of water consumption from the Biology 1 AquaLab. The AquaLab, located in the basement of the Biology 1 Building is used for rearing and holding fish. The fish are used in research and testing conducted by the Department of Biology. Unfortunately the holding tanks system is connected to a flow through system that consumes about 25.3% of the total campus water consumption (University of Waterloo, 2003). This makes the lab by far, the highest single user of water on campus. The percentage of campus water use can peak in certain months to upwards of 40%. The research team has quantified the amount of water consumed by the fish lab, and how the system currently operates, where the water supply is provided from, and where the wastewater leaves the system… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca