In 2003, Hofstra University began experimenting with touch-less faucets to further optimize water use and reduce waste. Based on positive feedback and excellent maintenance experience, these fixtures have become a standard for new buildings and are being installed in existing buildings as older fixtures are replaced. Automatic flush-meters have been installed in some bathrooms, resulting in reduced water usage.
The University has started to install waterless urinals in new construction and renovation projects to further conserve water. These waterless products save up to 40,000 gallons of water per year per urinal.
To conserve water, the Grounds Department utilizes a drip irrigation system, along with soaker hoses.
What can you do?
The following recommendations are things that you can do to help reduce our water consumption:
- Report any running or leaking faucets to the Plant Department
- When doing laundry, run full loads
- Shorten your showers
- When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. this minimizes rinse water needed.