By the Numbers: Water Conservation

Recognizing the importance of reducing water use in the face of California’s extreme drought, Caltech began addressing the issue well before government regulations were tightened; some of those efforts are described below. For more on how the Institute is working to address the complex challenges around the drought, visit

Meanwhile, here are a few facts about Caltech’s water conservation efforts:

  • Caltech has reduced total water consumption by more than 40 percent in the last 8 years.
  • 10 of the 13 water features on campus use recirculating water.
  • The nine LEED buildings on campus are 30 percent more water-efficient than code requires.
  • 74 percent of grass cover on campus is low water use turf.
  • Caltech currently has 16 water conservation projects in the works.

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