March 3, 2008
Rise in water rates ups ante for conservation
By Kelly Gray
Retrofitting plumbing fixtures, collecting condensate from air handlers and using collected rain water for targeted irrigation are some of the distinctive things Emory does to conserve its share of water used in DeKalb County.
As part of its Sustainability Initiative, the University has also been encouraging water conservation among employees and students for some time, but now conservation will have a larger price tag. In January, DeKalb County increased water rates from $5.41 to $6.75 per thousand gallons; at current usage levels this will increase the University’s annual water bill by $640,000.
What does this mean for Emory? Water conservation will be more critical for everyone on campus now than in the past.
“We know that water is a precious resource and even though it’s typically been plentiful, we are constantly thinking of new and resourceful ways to conserve it,” said Bob Hascall, vice president for campus services.
What can you do to be more water wise?
• When washing hands and taking showers, turn off the water while lathering.
• Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily.
• Don’t let the water run while brushing teeth or shaving.
• Most importantly, report leaks, running water or faulty equipment to Emory’s Campus Services by calling 404-727-7464.
Help Emory keep costs down by conserving every drop.