UCR Teams With Local Agencies Reduce Water Use With 244 New Toilets

High-efficiency toilets replacement program is co-sponsored by Western Municipal Water District

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — As part of the continuing effort to improve sustainability and reduce its environmental footprint, the University of California, Riverside Office of Housing, Dining & Residential Services is collaborating with the Western Municipal Water District and other local agencies on a program that will allow the university to swap out 244 toilets in the Oban StudentApartment Complex with new, high-efficiency models.

UC Riverside is just one of the sites benefiting from the expansion of  WMWD’s very successful High-Efficiency Toilet Program. Since beginning in early 2012, a total of 1,500 high-efficiency toilets have been installed within the Western service district.

When the WWMD Board voted to expand the program with another 1,675 toilets over the second half of the year, UCR jumped at the opportunity retrofit the Oban complex.

“Since the funding was restored, we’re taking advantage of the opportunity,” said Hassan Ghamlouch, director of Housing, Dining & Residential Services Operations. “This meets our ongoing sustainability ongoing efforts of reducing water and all utilities use.”

In 2009, the university converted about 600 toilets in university-owned apartments. The retrofit has saved 5,468 cubic feet of water worth $7,382 annually. Oban, formerly known as “Summer Ridge,” was purchased by the university in late 2009 and missed the retrofit.

The new toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush, compared with older toilets that use more than 3.5 gallons. Once installed, the 1,675 toilets are anticipated to save 1,400 acre-feet of water, the equivalent of what 3,000 average family households use annually. It is a water savings of almost 400,000 gallons over the lifetime of each toilet.

The High-Efficiency Toilet program is the result of a partnership between the cities of Corona and Riverside, the WMWD, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The retrofit work will be done during Winter Break, beginning on December 17.

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