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Slow the Flow: Save H2O Challenge

SUNY New Paltz has made great strides over the years making our campus and community sustainable and now we're embracing wise water use as a daily habit. Beginning in the fall of 2018, SUNY New Paltz is recommitting itself to water conservation by joining together with the Town and Village of New Paltz to conserve water.

Where does our water come from? The Village of New Paltz provides water to SUNY New Paltz, the Village of New Paltz, and the Town of New Paltz. The majority of the water comes from the Ashokan Reservoir via the Catskills Aqueduct along the Shawangunk Ridge.

Why Now? The Department of Environmental Protection, which manages the Ashokan Reservoir and the Catskills Aqueduct, is shutting down the aqueduct for repairs beginning October 1 for 10 weeks each fall in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Water is going to be a precious resource during this construction period.

Be a water saver! Conserve!

Slow the Flow Latest Standings as of Week 8:

As of week 8 across all buildings with working water meters, we're at a 4.6% reduction in water use.  In residence halls, we've collectively saved 31,312 gallons of water.  Last fall, students used on average 32 gallons of water each day, and this semester students are using on average 30.4 gallons of water each day.  Congratulations to Deyo, Ridgeview, and Lenape Halls, the three halls conserving the most water!

Here's how individual halls are doing, beginning with halls saving the most amount of water:

  1. Deyo Hall - 14% decrease
  2. Ridgeview Hall - 12% decrease
  3. Lenape Hall - 11% decrease
  4. Capen Hall - 10% decrease
  5. Crispell Hall - 8% decrease
  6. Bouton Hall - 7% decrease
  7. Dubois Hall - 6% decrease
  8. Gage Hall - 5.9% decrease
  9. LeFevre Hall - 2% increase
  10. College/Shango Hall - 6% increase
  11. Bliss Hall - 16% increase


Water Conservation in Residence Halls

Here are five easy ways to reduce water use:

  • Shower for only 5 minutes
  • Report water leaks and running toilets to your Resident Director
  • Wash full loads of clothes on the "brights"/cold setting
  • Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving
  • Turn off water when scrubbing dishes