During the winter of 2007, Drexel embarked on reducing water consumption by installing restricted-flow shower heads and aerators in all facilities across campus, which immediately starting showing significant reductions in water consumption. These highly effective water conservation efforts demonstrated two simple and fairly inexpensive steps that can be taken to save water.
Drexel has taken additional measures to reduce water consumption, which include the campus-wide installation of a Rain Bird irrigation system which measures the moisture in the soil to activate zoned sprinklers without the use of automatic timers; and the treatment and reuse of rainwater for flushing toilets in the new Recreation Center.
To date, the University’s efforts have demonstrated 42% July 2009 vs. July 2007 reduction in water use.
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Drexel's campus-wide adoption of Green initiatives has brought increasing awareness to the benefits of water reduction. To show how water touches on every aspect of human life and culture, Drexel has also hosted a screening of the film "One Water".