Although 80% of Earth is covered with water, only 3% of that water is drinkable; two-thirds of that total is frozen in the polar caps. After all is said and done, we are only left with 1% of the world’s water supply that can be used by all plants, animals, and humans on Earth. Water is, clearly, an extremely valuable resource and it is up to us to protect it.
Loyola has installed low-flow faucets and toilets in all rooms that were constructed or renovated after 1998. Very few areas on campus are left with traditional flow toilets and there are plans to replace them when the space is renovated again. Faucet aerators are present on all faucets on campus, bringing more air into the water and decreasing the overall amount of water that comes out of the faucet. Water pressure is also reduced in order to save water.
There are also some things that you can do around campus and at home to save water:
- Shut it off! When you’re brushing your teeth, scrubbing dishes, and cleaning your hands, don’t let the water run.
- Take shorter showers. Shower heads pump out about 2.5gal of water per minute. Reduce your shower by five minutes? That’s 12.5 gallons a day and 4,562.5 gallons a year.
- Have a leaky faucet? Report it to Facilities immediately at 410-617-2200.
Here are some other great resources about saving water!