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Mandatory Water Use Restrictions

The State of California mandated several water use restrictions effective August 1, 2014. San Diego proactively instituted these restrictions on July 1, 2014.

Immediate Actions

In full compliance with the City of San Diego, UC San Diego is committed to:

  • Stopping water leaks upon discovery or within 72 hours of notification
  • Watering before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Prohibiting excessive irrigation
  • Ensuring all decorative water fountains use recirculating pumps

Report Water Waste

To report observed water waste, please contact the Customer Relations Help Desk, (858) 534 2930.

Conservation Measures

As a community leader in water conservation and as one of the region’s largest entities, UC San Diego is committed to reducing our water use.

Some steps UC San Diego has taken include:

  • Decreasing overall water use by 20% over the next 5 years
  • Being among the first to use recycled water for irrigation—30% recycled water
  • Installing efficient water fixtures and irrigation equipment
  • Reducing watering schedules campus wide
  • Ensuring that new construction and renovations meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards
  • Converting our Central Utility Plant to a recycled water system, which will save the campus an estimated 150 million gallons of water annually

Turf Replacement

To compliment these efforts, Facilities Management Landscape Services has identified 352,000 square feet of turf to be converted to low/no-water-use landscape using drought-tolerant plants and groundcover. Of these, we are in the process of converting 128.000 square feet that will save an estimated 2.7 million gallons annually. Converting all areas will save approximately 9 million gallons per year.

Look for the turf conversion signs posted at sites throughout campus.

turf replacement sign