You may have heard that 89% of Colorado is experiencing severe or worse drought. Here in the South Platte River Basin, which includes Boulder County, snowpack is at 68% of average. Cities and counties across the state are announcing water usage restrictions, with Boulder officials asking residents not to turn on irrigation systems until May.
Our campus has a track record of conserving water: In the past ten years, we’ve reduced water usage from more than 400 million gallons per year to about 250 million gallons (or from 64 to 23 gallons per square foot per year) by revamping our irrigation systems to use raw water, reducing water usage in labs, and upgrading restroom fixtures.
As we move into summer, we hope to be even more aggressive in our efforts at reducing water usage on campus, with a near-term goal of lowering water usage to 18 gallons per square foot per year.
How can you help? Here are some tips:
Visit the CU-Boulder sustainability website to learn more about our campus' sustainability efforts: http://www.colorado.edu/cusustainability/index.html