Fresh water is an extremely precious resource. Although 70 percent of the Earth is covered with water, only one percent is readily available for human use.
Each year UBC residences use 520 million litres of water. Half of this water is used for showers!
Last year the Water Wise campaign asked students living in UBC residences to be Water Wise by reducing their shower time to five minutes. UBC residence buildings contain energy and water meters that will indicate overall savings, and the results will be reported back to each residence.
Taking a shorter shower is a simple action that can save precious water from going down the drain and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from water heating.