Water In-Brief: Water consumption has wide-reaching impacts far beyond its financial costs. The New School is committed to reducing water consumption by 20% by 2025, which will be achieved mainly through fixture retrofits and changes in our consumption patterns.
Water Consumption: Water is used heavily in academic buildings for heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and in rest rooms. Dormitories use in excess of twice the amount of water of other campus buildings- whether viewed on a per-person, or per-square foot basis. The New School’s goal is to reduce total water consumption by 20% over the coming decade.
Rising Cost of Water: The price of water in NYC has doubled over the last decade, however it is still quite inexpensive in comparison with other parts of the country. This price increase reflects the growing environmental and societal costs of water; water shortages
are an increasingly common concern in many areas across the world.
b. The New School’s water consumption is driven by several categories, restrooms, and cooling towers, which support many of our air conditioning systems.
c. Low-flow water fixtures, behavior change, leak detection, and reduced air-conditioning loads.
Water consumption is roughly even with our consumption in 2015. Several issues contributed to a lack of progress on this front, including an irrigation leak, a large number of faulty toilet flush-valves, and a hot summer. Additional progress is needed to keep pace with goals. This years’ plans include additional installations of high-efficiency toilet retrofits, and an upgraded metering system to better track water consumption.