The location of Stanislaus State positions it to be a leader in water conservation, both in times of ample water and in drought.
Water meters at individual buildings, lakes, and landscaped areas identify heavy water consumption areas for installation of water efficient technology. “Smart” irrigation clocks across campus utilize satellite weather and moisture sensors to control irrigation cycles and to save water and electricity.
- Re-capture of water from the irrigation system and storm water run-off in the main reflecting pond (holding pond) and campus lakes for re-use. Overall use of water for irrigation has been reduced by 25%.
- Retrofitting of showerheads, faucet aerators, urinals and toilets across campus to reduce water consumption.
- Conversion of Central Plant cooling towers’ water supply from domestic water to reclaimed irrigation water that reduced City of Turlock domestic water consumption by 20%. 100% of the tower blow down is then captured and reclaimed for irrigation.
- Installation of a new filtration system that cleans, sterilizes and softens the reclaimed water for cooling tower use, saving approximately 4 to 5 million gallons of potable drinking water per year.
- Installation of drought tolerant vegetation in new or renovated landscape projects across campus as well as increased use of mulch to maintain moisture levels in planter beds.