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Understanding and reducing water use: A case study of the University of Waterloo

TitleUnderstanding and reducing water use: A case study of the University of Waterloo
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsCollins, A., and L. Cratt
Keywordsenergy, residences

Water is a crucial global resource. In industrial societies, water is used not only in the domestic and agricultural domain, but also for a wide variety of purposes in the industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) sector. The rapid expansion of the ICI sector is creating a large drain on water resources in many developed countries. In Ontario, water demand has grown at a rate faster than population. This increased need for water supply has made both of the understanding of our water use practices and the importance of conservation of this resource a substantial environmental focus in our province. The University of Waterloo uses water for many functions, currently drawing upon over 600 000 cubic meters of municipal water annually. Through conservation efforts, the university could strive towards our vision of becoming wise water users, whose water practices would not be harmful to, or create pressure on the environment. In light of this vision, the goal of this project will be to increase water use efficiency in several buildings on campus. Due to time constraints, not all buildings can be adequately studies. The objectives, therefore, of this project will be to use chosen buildings to perform water audits and make recommendations for a water efficiency program… For full text, please e-mail