University Clamps Down on Water Usage to Help City Conserve
Richardson Implements Emergency Stage 3 Restrictions Starting November 1
Nov. 1, 2011
The University is taking tougher measures to conserve water and asking students, faculty and staff to help out as the city of Richardson moves to Stage 3 restrictions.
Sustainability Manager Thea Junt cites several ways students – especially those living on campus – can save water.
“Just because students don’t have a yard to water or a pool to fill doesn’t mean they can’t save water,” Junt said. “Every drop counts. Simple acts can save gallons of water each day.”
The North Texas Municipal Water District, the city’s water supplier, requested that all its customer cities move to Stage 3 water restrictions, which indicates a “water emergency.” A protracted period of low rainfall has left area reservoirs low.
Students living on campus can save water by:
- Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers.
- Washing full loads of dishes in the dishwasher. Waiting until the machine is full to run it means you can operate it less often, saving water and energy.
- Washing only full loads of laundry.
- Reporting water leaks and running toilets to your housing or apartment management immediately. Running toilets can leak up to 7,000 gallons per month. University Village residents may complete an online work order request via connect.studenthousing.com or contact the Information Center to report issues; those living in a Residence Halls may notify their front desk or use the online system. Waterview Park residents may notify their Information Center or use the online maintenance request form.
Facilities Management offers water audits of laboratories to help researchers determine how they can best save water. Call 972-883-2141 to schedule an appointment.
Everyone is asked to report dripping faucets and running fixtures on campus to Facilities Management at 972-883-2141.
“Go ahead and call,” Junt said. “Don’t assume someone else has already reported the leak.”
For questions about the University’s water conservation efforts, call UT Dallas Facilities Management at (972) 883-2141.
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