In 2009, Senate Bill 7, required that the State of California reduce 20% per capita urban water use by 2020. With the current status of the drought of California, on February 4, 2014, the California State University has mandated that campuses reevaluate water usage and implement strategies to reduce water consumption by 20% by 2020. The statewide CSU Sustainability Policy has set goals of water reduction of 10% by 2016 and 20% by 2020.
CSUEB Water Conservation Plan
To achieve this ambitious goal, CSUEB has developed a conservation plan that consists of water monitoring accounting, as well as best management practices (BMP) for water management. Short term conservation measures are currently being implemented, such as:
- Reduced irrigation usage,
- Abandoning of turf areas,
- Planting of native drought tolerant material, and
- Installing low flow toilets and faucets.
These and other conservation efforts will be necessary to not only address the impacts of the current drought, but to meet the demands of future campus growth and expansion of the university.