Despite growth in floor space and population, UBC continues to decrease its reliance on the regional water supply by reducing consumption. In addition, the use of progressive rainwater management techniques is being extended to include new buildings and neighbourhoods in the Vancouver and Okanagan Campuses.

DISTRICT LEVEL WATER CONSERVATION

Substantially completed the Academic District Energy System steam to hot water conversion project, which has saved over 136 million litres of water that was previously required to make up for condensate losses in the steam distribution system. The newly installed hot water system is a closed loop with leak detection systems to prevent water losses.

RAINWATER MANAGEMENT

Continued implementation of the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan and integration of on-site rainwater management for new buildings such as Orchard Commons.

ENHANCING EXISTING AND NEW BUILDINGS

Continued to audit existing buildings for water conservation opportunities and implement retrofits such as updating old urinals, which is expected to save over 100 million litres per year in water consumption.

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

UBC continues to develop a Water Action Plan to map out future goals, targets and actions around managing water more sustainably.

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UBC Okanagan’s commitment to reduce potable water consumption and to responsibly manage rainfall on campus continued in 2016. Despite growth in the campus population and in floor space, the implementation of water conservation measures supported a 7 per cent reduction in water consumption over the previous year and a 27% reduction in water use per FTE student since 2007. Additionally, the campus initiated the development of an integrated rainwater management plan to responsibly manage 100% of the rainwater that falls on the campus, which in turn supports a regenerative campus ecosystem.

ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT

  • Reduced water consumption by seven per cent over the previous year.
  • Completed the final phase of a three-year Irrigation Assessment Project. The project focused on sites associated with the campus residence buildings and led to technical guidelines for future irrigation on campus to conform to industry best practices.
  • Identified deficiencies related to irrigation distribution uniformity, water savings and maintenance, including opportunities to achieve savings by targeted scheduling, automated weather monitoring, water meters and flow sensor capabilities managed from a centralized control system.
  • Developed the Integrated Rainwater Management Plan to responsibly manage the rainwater that falls on campus and to sustainably accommodate the future growth of the campus in a way that respects natural hydrological processes, protects existing environmental values, and manages risk.
  • Continued to incorporate native, drought tolerant vegetation into the campus landscape.
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