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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Conserving water at Pacific

Saving water signUniversity of the Pacific is doing its part to reduce water consumption on its campuses during the severe drought in California. Building on nearly a decade of work to conserve water, Pacific quickly stepped up efforts when Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order on April 1, 2015, requiring that cities and towns across the state reduce water usage by 25 percent (based on 2013 usage). The University quickly responded and President Eibeck appointed a committee of faculty, staff and administrators to develop water conservation recommendations.

On the Stockton campus, the local potable water provider, Cal Water, mandated that Pacific reduce water consumption by 20 percent. Pacific has already reduced its potable water use by 25 percent since 2013, and 48 percent since 2011. On the Sacramento campus, the local water supplier has issued a mandate for a 20 percent reduction in water use. The campus has reduced watering and implemented other measures. In San Francisco, the University’s new campus is a LEED Gold-certified building, meaning it already runs at a minimum of 35 percent below baseline water usage. 

Here are some highlights of what has been done on the Stockton campus so far in 2015:

  • Lawn and landscape watering has been drastically reduced, in many cases allowing the grass to go brown
  • Replaced sprinklers with drip irrigation and compost in Pacific’s signature rose gardens
  • Fitted water faucets (more than 1,500) with low-flow aerators and installed 700 low-flow showerheads
  • Installed a water recycling system in the greenhouse saving an estimated 106,000 gallons of water per year

The water conservation committee will continue to meet to discuss future and long-term water-saving efforts, such as:

  • Develop an education campaign for the campus community
  • Continue to reduce potable and non-potable water use on campus
  • Install low-flow toilets
  • Replace many campus lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping
  • Continue to invest in technology to use water more efficiently

Those wishing to make suggestions, ask questions or leave comments for the committee can contact them by email at

For more information on Pacific’s other sustainability efforts, visit the Sustaining Pacific webpage.