Posted: March 26, 2009
This semester the Mount Holyoke ECO reps are launching a campaign to conserve water by encouraging students to limit their time in the shower to five minutes or less. Shower timers are rotating between the residence halls, and a pre- and post-timer survey on water use habits will be conducted, along with general educational information about water use and conservation.
There will also be an outdoor display near Blanchard Campus Center when the weather warms up.
According to Nancy Apple, coordinator of environmental stewardship on campus, “The potential savings are enormous. If each student reduced her shower time by 2.5 minutes the next time she steps into the shower, it would save 10,000 gallons of water. If we use 10,000 gallons less of hot water a day for a month, it saves more than $4,000 in water and energy costs and reduces our greenhouse gas emissions by 11 tons, which equates to taking two cars off the road for a year.”
Other water-saving ideas promoted by the ECO reps include: not waiting for the water to get warm before washing; turning off water when brushing your teeth, washing your face, and doing dishes; washing full loads of laundry in cold water; and reporting leaking faucets to Facilities Management.