Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Water Bounty

If You're a Rambler, You're a Water Saver!

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Participate in our Water Bounty Initiative

***The first 50 people to report a legitimate leak will receive a sustainability kit reward!***

What to report:

  • Leaky faucets, showers, etc.
  • Continually flushing toilets
  • Rushing water in a pipe
  • Irrigation systems running during or right after it rains
*Note: if the leak you are reporting is an emergency, call Campus Safety at (773) 508-SAFE and they will route you to the appropriate team. Emergency leaks include continually flushing toilets, rushing water in a pipe, and flooded spaces. If in doubt, call Campus Safety.*
 

When to report:

Always! Report leaks anytime, anywhere you see them. This includes classrooms and labs as well as your residence. Don’t assume someone knows about the leak or has already reported it. If you are reporting on a residence leak, don’t feel like you have to go through your RA - the TMA work order system is for everyone to use - and only the person who fills it out will receive the sustainability kit reward.

How to report:

Fill out a TMA service request! Make sure to include #WaterBounty in the Action Requested box. 

If you haven't heard from us a week after recieving your Work Order Completion email, or if you have any questions regarding the Water Bounty program, contact us at sustainability@luc.edu

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What are we doing?

The goal of our Water Bounty Project is to reduce Loyola’s water waste due to leaks and other plumbing issues. And we need your help! Our biggest challenge is actually locating leaks and water waste on campus. Help us by filling out a TMA form every time you see a leak! To report a leak just follow the 3 simple steps linked below. If you leak checks out, you will receive a sustainability kit reward! 

Why are we doing this?

Loyola promotes water conservation because it is important to always be aware that water availability is scarce in most of the world, and that we are fortunate enough to have access to such an important resource such as Lake Michigan. By doing your part to conserve water, Loyola, as a community, can make a difference by preserving and protecting water resources. 

Additionally, wasting water is expensive! The price of water has gone up over 100% in the last eight years. This means that though our water use itself has remained about constant, our utility bill has been steadily increasing. One dripping faucet can waste up to 5 gallons of water per day, or 2,082 gallons per year - with 2018 Loyola water rates that would result in a loss of about $17 a year from just one dripping faucet. In other words - by reporting just one dripping faucet you will help us save about 2,082 gallons of water and $17 in one year, and multiples of that annually!!

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Fast Facts

   

  • Loyola used over 100 million gallons of water in 2017
  • The cost for water has been increasing over the past several years - so any water saved is money saved!
  • Less than 1% of the water on Earth is available for human use
  • Household leaks waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide
  • A dripping faucet can waste 2,082 gallons of water in just one year

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Tips for Conserving Water

  • Turn off the faucet when not in use 
  • Shorten showers 
  • Only wash full loads of laundry 
  • Be mindful of water-appliance use 
  • Pay attention to how you flush! Pushing the handle up uses less water 
  • Do not use the toilet as a waste-basket
  • Visit the EPAs Fix A Leak Week website
  • REPORT LEAKS!

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 Additional Resources

  1. Check Dr. Mallet’s and Melchiori’s published article in the Journal of Environmental Psychology on how fostering a water conservationist mindset helps reduce water usage in residence halls - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494416300627
  2. An average person needs 13 gallons of water for hygiene and hydration, but an average US citizen uses 98 gallons. Surprised? Learn more: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494416300627
  3. Want to see how much water you use? Use this water footprint calculator: https://www.watercalculator.org
  4. Water scarcity is a huge issue in every continent, and ⅕ of the world lives in areas of physical scarcity, and a ¼ face economic water shortage. Feeling blessed to live in the Midwest? Learn more: https://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/scarcity.shtml
  5. Are humans using more water than the Earth can replenish? We are, and that’s why ‘water wars’ are a thing. Interested? Click on the link below: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/07/world-aquifers-water-wars/#close
  6. Here’s a list for the top 33 water-stressed countries by 2040: https://www.wri.org/blog/2015/08/ranking-world-s-most-water-stressed-countries-2040