Rice recapturing millions of gallons of water
Rice University has found a way to save 12 million to 14 million gallons of water during this hot, dry summer.
The university’s Department of Facilities, Engineering and Planning has implemented several initiatives to save water, including a system in the sciences buildings to capture clean water from the air-handling units and pumping it into the the university central plant’s cooling towers. A similar system is used in the BioScience Research Collaborative building for Rice’s south plant.
Also, the university has installed low-flower shower heads at one of Rice’s residences, as well as 100 water-efficient toilets, retrofitting old ones.
“When people think of conservation efforts, they think of things like shutting off the faucet when they brush their teeth, but this is something going on at Rice in the background all the time, and it has a big impact,” said Richard Johnson, Rice’s director of energy and sustainability, in a statement.