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Water Conservation

The University's water conservation efforts go back many years. With each year, the technology continues to improve and innovations are adopted as they apply to the intended use. Through the use of Westhampton Lake and other innovative ideas, we have been able to amplify our water conservation projects.

Notable water-conservation initiatives include:

  • Low-flow shower heads and sink aerators.
  • Installing pint-flush urinals and dual-flush toilets and flush valves that use less water with each use.
  • Equipping student laundry rooms with new, energy-efficient washers that have reduced our water usage by 1 million gallons per year.
  • Installing Energy Star-rated ice machines that use 10% less water.
  • Adopting an active Water Quality Management Plan to improve the quality of Westhampton Lake. This plan includes annual dredging, quality monitoring, and integrated fertilization.
  • Landscaping at several LEED buildings is selected to be drought tolerant and not require watering after the first year.

Irrigating the baseball field with water from Westhampton Lake instead of using treated water. For more information on water conservation at Richmond, contact University Engineer George Souleret at or (804) 289-8604.

Community Resources

Water quality tests are run in Henrico and the City of Richmond annually. Other cities and counties will also have links to the water quality reports available online. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality offers water conservation tips.

Protecting the Chesapeake

The Chesapeake Bay is the final destination for all run-off in our region. You can take action at home and at work to help reduce environmental damage caused by yard care practices, household chemical use, and transportation. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation works to improve the environmental quality of the Chesapeake and its tributaries, including the James River, and provides information on what you can do to help.