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sustainNU - Office of Sustainability

Save Water

faucetNorthwestern is working to reduce water consumption on campus, and all members of the University community can pitch in to help conserve this essential natural resource. Here are some actions you can take to save water.

  • Check for leaky faucets or other water fixtures. Report any leaks on campus to Facilities Management. 
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Be conscious of the amount of time you spend in the shower and keep showers as short as possible.
  • Run full loads of laundry rather than multiple small loads. If you do need to run a smaller load, adjust the water level settings accordingly.
  • Use the dishwasher if you have one, and only run it when it is full. Try scraping plates rather than rinsing them before loading the dishwasher.
  • When handwashing dishes, fill a sink or basin with soapy water rather than keeping the water running.
  • Install efficient fixtures such as low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators in your home.
  • If you have a lawn or garden, create a water-smart landscape using native plants that rarely need watering, water efficiently, and make the most of rain water by setting up a rain barrel or rain garden.

Take Action

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