Net Zero Water
Campus Water Projects
Our water conservation and reclamation efforts saved more than 210 million gallons of water in 2017. That’s about half of the water in University Lake.
Following two severe droughts, the University invested in innovative sustainable water management practices and conservation efforts, which have reduced potable water consumption by 32%, or more than 210 million gallons annually, since 2007, even with a growing campus population. Today, UNC is recognized internationally for its water conservation efforts.
By one measure, we have already achieved our net zero water use goal: we use less potable water than falls on our campus annually as precipitation. The Three Zeros Environmental Initiative is pushing us to go even further.
These Campus Partners Support the Goal of Net Zero Water Usage
Zeroing in on Net Zero Water Use
More than 2.1 billion gallons of wastewater has been reclaimed by OWASA for sustainable use at UNC for non-drinking purposes such as in chiller plants and toilets – saving ample water, energy, and material resources – a triple win for the planet on Earth Day!
UNC Stormwater will break ground in the next month on an ecological advancement project at the UNC Outdoor Education Center, part of Carolina’s Campus Recreation Program, situated on a 67-acre tract of land east of main campus.
In this week’s Well Said podcast by University Communications, Sally Hoyt, a stormwater engineer in Energy Services, discusses how Carolina transformed a perpetually wet field near McIver Residence Hall into an aboveground stream that filters runoff water.