Water

UNMC/NM’s water consumption typically peaks in the mid-to-late summer coinciding with the time of year that requires the heaviest cooling loads and the peak time for irrigating lawns and landscaping. UNMC/NM’s past energy conservation projects have reduced building water demand. Specifically, annual building water use decreased 36 percent from calendar year 2010. The goal and strategies for this section seek to build on this recent success and primarily focus on the other two areas of opportunity regarding water use: irrigation and indoor water use. By achieving their 2023 goal, UNMC/NM will significantly reduce the amount of water that needs to be treated and supplied to campus, and they will potentially save up to $50,000 annually.

Baselines

The baseline figure for water is the
total annual gallons of water used by
UNMC/NM and represents an average of
calendar years 2010 and 2011.
Primary Metric:
• Total annual water consumption
• Baseline: 225,164,787 gallons per year
Secondary Metric:
The secondary metric is normalized for
the total size of campus facilities, and it
can potentially be used to compare the
UNMC/NM campus to other health care
and university facilities.
• Water-use intensity per square foot
• Baseline: 53 gallons per square foot
(based on total water consumption
and 4,537,543 square feet, which
does not include parking garages)

Goal

Water Consumption:
Reduce annual gallons of water by 10
percent by the end of 2023