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Water Efficiency at UCSF

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UCSF Water Action Plan
Parnassus                                             Mission Bay









Water Efficiency Projects
Water efficiency projects are identified by installing water meters, and establishing baseline water consumption data. Projects are evaluated based on return on investment of water and energy savings.

UCOP Sustainable Practices Policy

  • Sterilizers
    UCSF has prioritized the replacement of sterilizers as a water efficiency priority. Sterilizers, also referred to as autoclaves, can consume between 125,000-1,000,000 gallons of water per year due to once-through water cooling. Sterilizers which break down impact research, as media may not be properly sterilized. Facilities Services has established an incentive program for laboratories to replace sterilizers, which also works with the San Francisco Water Department Incentive Program.
  • Water Metering
    UCSF is installing smart meters, which are tied into the building management system, across the campus. This advanced metering infrastructure will enable the development of advanced analytics to identify efficiency opportunities and monitor system performance.
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Laboratory Water Efficiency






Sterilizers                    Glasswashers         
Condensers
          Vacuum Aspirators        

  • Equipment Incentive
    Stelilizers, also referred to as autoclaves, can consume between 125,000-1,000,000 gallons of water per year due to once-through water cooling. Sterilizers which have problems impact research, as media may not be properly sterilized. Facilities Services has established an incentive program for laboratories to replace sterilizers, which also works with the San Francisco Water Department Incentive Program.
  • Once-through Water Cooling
    ‘Single Pass’ or ‘Once Through’ cooling systems flow water through a piece of equipment to absorb heat and dispose the water down the drain without re circulation. Equipment typically using this type of cooling includes sterilizers, hydraulic equipment, distillation condensers, refrigeration condensers, air compressors, vacuum pumps, electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, lasers, helium recovery, and electro magnets.
  • Purified Water Systems
    Laboratory research water quality standards may require the use of water which has been de-mineralized by De-Ionized or Reverse Osmosis systems. UCSF supplies Type III purified water with typical ranges of .71-.82ms. These systems consume water in the production process, as mineralized water is separated out and rejected to the drain. The Parnassus central Plant re-uses the reject water in the cooling tower system.



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Housing
   
Since 2014, Housing has been replacing showerheads with high efficiency models, and installing aerators on faucets. This effort reduced Housing water consumption by 14% since the program started.
Learn more about Sustainability in Housing



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Fitness 

  • Pool Filtration
    The Fitness Center installed an ultraviolet filtration system, which allows them to only drain the pool when maintenance is required. Previously, the pools had to be drained and refreshed with new water.
  • Shower Efficiency
    Fitness encourages all members to limit their showers to 3 minutes or less. If members have children using the facility for swim lessons, parents are asked to make sure children also limit showers to 3 minutes or less.



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Landscape

  • Drought Response

  • Efficient Landscape
    UCSF landscape irrigation is managed by software which controls watering according to precipitation and evapotranspiration rates. Currently, irrigation is about 3% of total water consumption. A pilot project is under way to assess the conversion of a turf landscape area into drought tolerant planting.



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Drought 
Years leading up to the 2015 drought



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Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System



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San Francisco Water Department



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