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UCSB Water Action Plan: Developing a Successful Template. University of California, Santa Barbara. AASHE 2012 October 15, 2012 Matthew O’Carroll & Briana Seapy. Ov ervi ew of Talk. Water Action Plan (WAP): Motivation Developing a Water Action Plan Defining Scope

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Ucsb water action plan developing a successful template

UCSB Water Action Plan:

Developing a Successful Template

University of California, Santa Barbara

  • AASHE 2012

  • October 15, 2012

  • Matthew O’Carroll & Briana Seapy


Ucsb water action plan developing a successful template

Overview of Talk

  • Water Action Plan (WAP): Motivation

  • Developing a Water Action Plan

    • Defining Scope

    • Documentation of Water Use at UCSB

      • Data Collection

    • Baseline to Benchmark

      • Selection Methodology

    • Identifying Key Practices & Trends in Water Conservation

    • Suggesting Future Water Conservation Efforts

      • Making Recommendations Using CBA and CEA

    • Making Your WAP a Living Successful Document

  • UCSB WAP Template


Water action plan wap motivation

Water Action Plan (WAP): Motivation

  • University of California, Office of the President: Mandate

  • UCSB Future Challenges: Campus growth, Increasing water rates, and Climate change


Developing a wap defining scope

Developing a WAP: Defining Scope

  • Magnitude of UCSB Role in the Region/Local Watershed

  • Geographic Scope of Water Use

  • Temporal Scope

  • Water Scope


Developing a wap documentation of water use at ucsb

Developing a WAP: Documentation of Water Use at UCSB

  • Data Collection: Quantitative and qualitative information on UCSB’s water history (utilities statements, interviews, audits)


Ucsb water action plan developing a successful template

Developing a WAP: Baseline to Benchmark

  • 3-year Baseline (1996/1997-1998/1999)

  • 3-year “Benchmark” (2008/2009-2010/2011)

    • Purpose: to encourage UCSB to strive for further reductions


Developing a wap identifying key trends practices in water conservation

Developing a WAP: Identifying Key Trends & Practices in Water Conservation

  • Attributing potable water use reduction to past campus actions

    • Irrigation: Potable to reclaimed

    • Industrial: Expansion of chilled water loop

    • Infrastructure Upgrades: Bathroom retrofits


Ucsb water action plan developing a successful template

Suggesting Future Water Conservation Efforts

Cost Benefit Analysis

  • Laying out all the costs and benefits in a way that predicts the economic value of water conservation efforts

WAP-G Recommendation using CBA

  • Installation of a RF/NO System to treat waste and storm water for use on landscapes, in toilets, and as water to supplement cooling towers

  • Potential Scenarios: Off-site system at local wastewater facility, centralized facility on-campus, decentralized filtration systems on-campus

  • Collaboration between UCSB, Goleta Sanitary District, Goleta Water District


Ucsb water action plan developing a successful template

Suggesting Future Water Conservation Efforts

Cost Effective Analysis

  • Meeting water savings targets using least cost intensive practices

WAP-G Recommendations

  • Bathroom/ shower retrofits

  • Weather-based Irrigation Controllers

  • Matched Precipitation (MP) Rotators

  • Xeriscaping Design

  • Scheduled Maintenance


Ucsb water action plan developing a successful template

A Living Successful Document

  • Goal Setting

    • Realistic goals that align with future campus plans (e.g. Long Range Development Plan)

  • Reporting

    • Annual or Bi-annual basis

  • Collaboration

    • Sharing ideas and the document itself with stakeholders and other universities


Ucsb water action plan developing a successful template

UCSB Water Action Plan Template

  • Background/ Introduction

    • Overall Importance

    • Regional Context

    • Campus Physical Context

    • Motivation Specific to Campus

    • Definition of Scope (geographic, temporal, water)

  • Campus Water Use Baselines

  • Campus Historical Water Use & Reduction Process

  • Campus Water Use Benchmark

  • Recommendations & Strategies to Achieve Future Water Reduction Goals

  • Financing Opportunities

  • Conclusions & Future Steps


Ucsb water action plan developing a successful template

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

http://fiesta.bren.ucsb.edu/~wateraction/


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