University Makes Most of Onsite Alternative Water Sources
Once the largest water-using entity in the city of Austin, the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has been implementing programs to reduce its water use for three decades. Although UT Austin continues to expand its campus, its comprehensive water conservation program has resulted in declining water use over the years.
The 400-acre campus, comprised of 17 million square feet of building space, serves approximately 51,000 students and nearly 24,000 faculty and staff. The campus includes administrative offices, academic lecture buildings, dormitories, research laboratories, cafeterias, museums, libraries, athletic venues, and industrial facilities. UT Austin has focused on recovering and reusing onsite alternative water sources in these facilities to serve non-potable water needs around the campus.