University of California, Riverside





Our Impact

In 2008, UCR used a total of 583 million gallons of water, now in 2015 UCR has decreased its water use to 332,559,626 gallons of water per year.

There are many ways to help conserve water and use less. Here are some tips on how to fix the worst cases of water and conserve water indoors and outdoors.

Below you will find UCR's 2014 Water Action Plan. The plan discusses the 7 action steps UCR will be taking by 2020 in order to reach our goal of reducing potable water use per capita by 10% from the baseline.

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Sustainable Water Practices

Hydration Stations

At UCR, hydration stations have been installed and new ones are being installed in order to provide students with filtered water at all times. This minimizes the need to rebuy water bottles and water, and provides students with a water refill station. Currently, students can find these at the Highlander Union Building and all the residence halls. Click here for a map of all the hydration stations on campus.

Low Flow showerheads

At UCR, our residential communities use low flow showerhead fixtures and aerators in the faucets to reduce water waste without reducing performance. Low flow fixtures save water by mixing air and reducing the rate of water to less than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm).

Low Flow Toilets

Toilets made before the 1990's use anywhere from 3.5 – 7 gallons of water per flush. UCR uses low flow toilets for our public restrooms as well as residential communities. Low flow toilets consume no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Waterless urinals, or flushless urinals, use gravity to drain, require no water connections, use a permeable membrane and filter to reduce odors, and save up to 48,000 gallons of water a year in a public facility.

Energy Star Appliances

Many appliances require the use of water such as clothes washers, dishwashers and refrigerators. Dishwashers made before 1994 waste more than 10 gallons of water per cycle compared to Energy Star qualified appliances. By using Energy Star appliances UCR is cutting back on water waste and reducing energy consumption.

UCR uses precision spray nozzles to reduce up to 30% of water needed for grounds maintenance. The campus is moving to a more sustainable landscaping plan utilizing drought tolerant and regional plants and trees.

We offer trayless service and vegan/vegetarian meals in all dining halls and most restaurants on campus.

Did you know?

  • It takes 60 pounds of water to produce a pound of potatoes or 108 pounds of water for a pound of wheat.
  • 1,799 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of beef; that’s a ratio of 15,000:1.
  • A cup of coffee requires 37 gallons of water.
  • The average American uses 1800 gallons of water a day to support his/her lifestyle. That’s over 15,000 lbs of water. Over 900 million people across the world do not have access to clean water.
  • A gallon of fresh water weighs 8.35 pounds.

What you can do:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn the water off when you brush your teeth
  • Wash your dishes in a dishwasher or use a soapy sponge to wash the dishes without running the water then fill the sink half-way with cold water for rinsing.
  • Eat less water intensive foods
  • Use alternative transportation for your commute
  • Recycle
  • Buy less stuff
  • Switch from bottled water to tap water
  • Reduce your electricity usage


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More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Sustainability
University Village
1223 University Avenue, Suite 200P

Tel: (951) 827-1270
Fax: (951) 827-3890

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