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SU strives to use 30% less water

By 2020, Stellenbosch University strives to reduce its consumption of potable water by 10% and to utilise 30% less river water for the irrigation of gardens and sports fields (measured against 2012 figures). 

“We are already working on various initiatives to achieve these goals. The Western Cape is burdened by major droughts, and the university is doing everything in its power to save water on all our campuses,” said John de Wet, Manager: Environmental Sustainability at Facilities Management.
Some of the initiatives already in place:
Gardens are irrigated with non-potable water from rivers, boreholes and dams according to a limited quota.
Irrigation mostly takes place at night when the evaporation levels are low.
Water-saving showerheads and toilets have been installed at the campuses.
Water-permeable paving is used so that rainwater can penetrate the soil and refill the underground aquifers.
Indigenous, endemic and water-friendly plants are used for landscaping.
Water quality is monitored for pollution.
Grey water is reused.
Rainwater is collected and reused.

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