Water

Policy Goals

  • Reduce growth-adjusted potable water consumption by 20 percent by 2020 and 36 percent by 2025, when compared to a three-year average baseline of FY 2005-06, FY 2006-07, and FY 2007-08.

Bar graph that displays UC waste reduction over time. UC is close to achieving its 2025 reduction policy goal.

Progress Towards Goals

The UC Sustainability Steering Committee approved new water policies in 2015, including a 36 percent per capita reduction by 2025, a ban on new single pass cooling units in laboratories, and a commitment for each campus to draft new water action plans by December 2017.

UC Davis, Irvine, Merced and San Francisco have already met or exceeded the 2025 goal. UC Berkeley, Riverside, San Diego and Santa Cruz have all met the 2020 goal four years early and are on track to meet the 2025 goal.