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As the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex continues to grow, competition among municipal, agricultural, industrial, residential, and commercial needs for the region’s finite water supplies also increases.
The University uses water for building operations and maintenance, research and development activities, landscaping and irrigation, dining, sanitation, and domestic use. Since 2006, we have implemented the following water-efficiency improvements:
The University’s 2007 Campus Master Plan places high value on open, natural campus spaces that celebrate regional ecology and provide outdoor walkways and gathering places for the campus community. We incorporate water-wise habitat designs for new campus development The Engineering Research Building and The Green at College Park exemplify the master plan’s objectives for natural spaces and serve as role models for future campus construction activities. We are continuously replacing high-water, high maintenance plant selections with native and xeric-adapted plants and replacing traditional turf with reduced water use and “low mow” lawn turf.
The University addresses storm water impacts by adopting Storm Water Management Plan, which includes best management practices for protecting water from storm-water discharges, illegal dumping, and spills.