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Save Water

Water is one of the world’s most essential resources, and saving it is one of the easiest ways to go green! Simple adjustments to daily habits can go a long way in conserving this precious natural resource. NU is working to reduce its campus water usage by at least 25 percent, be sure to read through these tips and help us reach our goal!


water stationReport Leaks

A leaking faucet can waste as much as 1,500 gallons of water per year. Be sure to report any leaks to your landlord, School Dude, or Facilities Management immediately - it will help them maintain the property and save water at the same time.

Turn it off

You can save up to 8 gallons of water each day by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth and shave.

Do full loads

You use 25-40 gallons of water per load of laundry whether it’s a full load or not - full loads means less loads and that saves water and energy.

Fill the sink

Filling the sink uses 3 times less water than washing dishes with running water.

Mellow out

Flushing the toilet unnecessarily is a big water waster - every flush uses up to 5 gallons.

Take shorter showers

For every minute in the shower, 3-7 gallons of water are used. By going from a 10 minute shower to a 5 minute one, you’ll conserve as much as 35 gallons of fresh water!

Don’t dump

Storm drains/street drains run into our waterways. Dumping anything into these drains can pollute our lakes, rivers, and streams!

Install efficient water fixtures

Many in-home fixtures use more water than is necessary, which is why you should consider installing more efficient fixtures. For example low-flow shower heads, can help reduce water use by 25-60 percent and, as a bonus, reduce the amount of electricity needed to heat that excess water.

Take Action

Off-Campus Tips:

When looking for a new apartment or house, here are a couple questions to ask landlords to determine your new homes green features.
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