Primary Strategies

Building Use

Continue to replace residence hall shower heads

Facilities Management and Planning has already started the process of replacing older shower heads with water-efficient shower heads that have a 2.5 gallon per minute flow rate or better. Once 100% of residence hall shower heads have been replaced, UNK will notice even more significant water savings.

Provide shower timers to residence hall students

Provide shower timers to all residence hall students. The timers could be included as part of a water-saving education and engagement campaign.

Inventory consumption rates of toilets, urinals, and restroom faucets

Document the existing flush volumes of all toilets and urinals on campus, plus the flow rates of all restroom faucets. Based on the findings, develop a plan to phase-out older fixtures and replace them with water-efficient alternatives. For example, toilets should use only 1.5 gallons per flush, and faucets should have a 1.5 gallons per minute maximum flow rate.


Verify that peak season irrigation only occurs during the most appropriate hours

Occasionally check (or entrust someone(s) to check) all irrigation systems to ensure that peak season irrigation only occurs between 10:00p-6:00a for permanent irrigation areas and 8:00p-6:00a for establishment irrigation areas.

Verify that mower deck elevations are set at 3” or higher for turf areas

Occasionally remind mowing staff to verify that deck elevations are set at 3” or higher. Turf of this length promotes deeper root growth, which requires less irrigation. This length also suppresses weed germination, which should allow for less herbicide application and other methods of weed management.

Inspect and replace irrigation heads

Per the 2013 Campus Landscape Master Plan, identify all existing aged and/or inefficient irrigation heads and replace them with new, more water efficient heads.