Programs

Million Gallon Challenge

In an effort to reduce water usage on the Bloomington campus, IUB began its first Million Gallon Challenge on September 1, 2012. At the end of the challenge, one month later, 7.77 million gallons of water were saved when compared to the same month a year earlier. 

That's the equivalent of more than 1,554 tanker trucks filled with water, which would be a caravan stretching nine miles long. It represents a savings of 11 percent, or more than $70,000 in avoided costs.

Background

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In the spring of 2011, IU Bloomington saved 800,000 gallons of water during the three weeks of Campus Conservation Nationals. This remarkable performance was the best among over 100 colleges and universities and accounted for more than half the TOTAL national savings during the competition. 

In 2012, with severe drought plaguing the campus, the first Million Gallon Challenge was created. In an effort to raise awareness about the City of Bloomington’s Emergency Water Restriction Order and reduce water usage on the Bloomington campus, IUB began its first Million Gallon Challenge on September 1. As of September 26th, 7,346.565 gallons were saved compared to the same period last year. Although the Emergency Water Restriction Order was lifted on September 12, the city is requested Bloomington citizens continue to conserve water voluntarily. IUB will continued its water conservation efforts, including the Million Gallon Challenge, which ended September 31.

How IU Conserves Water

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Curtailment of:

  • Campus irrigation
  • All on-campus fountains have been turned off

(Note: IU Bloomington campus received permission from the city to draw water from Lake Griffy to water the flowerbeds and hanging flower baskets around campus)

How YOU Can Conserve Water

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On campus:

  1. Turn off the tap until you need water
  2. Do not use toilets as a trash can
  3. Only run full loads of dishes in automatic dishwashers
  4. *Report any leaks and drips for sinks and toilets to your Building Manager or to the Utility Information Group at 812-855-3740

At home:

  1. Turn off the tap until you need water
  2. Rinse your razor in a container of water (e.g. sink, tub, or small cup) rather than leaving the faucet running
  3. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  4. Take shorter showers
  5. Turn off the water when soaping up in a shower and run the water only when rinsing
  6. Do not use the shower as a sauna or a means of steaming wrinkles out of your clothes
  7. Do not use toilets as a trash can
  8. Only wash full loads of clothes
  9. Only run full loads of dishes in automatic dishwashers
  10. Report any leaks and drips in sinks, showers, and toilets to your RA, RD or Building Services
  11. When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
  12. Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.
  13. Use garbage disposal sparingly
Contact

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Questions about the Million Gallon Challenge may be directed to Carolyn Raider: iuec@indiana.edu

Questions about sustainability at Indiana University: sustain@indiana.edu