Cooling Towers Win Another Best Practice Award

The Stanislaus State water cooling tower project, which saves upward of 5 million gallons of fresh water annually, has won another California State University award.

The towers, which use evaporation to lower the temperature of water for use in University cooling systems, were converted last fall to use stored water from the interconnected lakes and ponds across the campus instead of relying on potable water from the City of Turlock. Water flushed out of the system is returned to the ponds, eliminating waste. The project was honored for outstanding achievement in the Facilities/Physical Plant Operations category in the CSU’s Best Practices Competition.

In June, the project was honored as the top Water Efficiency/Site Water Quality project of the year executed within the CSU system during the annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

The project also will be considered for the CSU’s Overall Best Practice Award, which will be announced on Monday, Oct. 17.