We are committed reducing growth-adjusted potable water consumption 20% by 2020 and 36% by 2025, when compared to a three-year average baseline of FY2005/06, FY2006/07, and FY2007/08. Our campus has a rich history of implementing and institutionalizing conservation & efficiency projects and programs on campus, which includes the use of recycled water on our campus.
UC Santa Barbara was an early adopter of the use of recycled water for landscaping irrigation, 90% of the campus is irrigated with recycled water, therefore augmenting our potable water use. We also dual-plumbed with recycled water 116 toilets in the San Joaquin Tenaya Towers, a 358 bed residential hall (First of its kind in Santa Barbara and was a permitting feat for our campus).
of total potable water use is for irrigation & landscaping.
Thanks to investments in recycled water, weather based irrigation systems, and efficient sprinklers, only 3% of our campuses total potable water use goes towards irrigation and landscaping
Reduction in water Use
Water consumption for the 2019/2020 academic year dropped 11% below UCSB's three-year baseline (FY2005/06, FY2007/08)
of total potable water distributed in Goleta valley
Despite our size, we only use ~7% of the total potable water distributed in the Goleta Valley