"With the U.S. population doubling over the past 50 years, our thirst for water tripling, and at least 36 states facing water shortages by 2013, the need to conserve water is becoming more and more critical" (http://www.epa.gov/oaintrnt/water). To address these water issues at Temple University, we are installing low flow toilets and showerheads, incorporating green roofs in several buildings, implementing best storm water management practices when building new buildings, and planting drought resistant species in the landscape.
|Research and Education||
One of the research strengths of faculty at Temple University is water. A Water Resources Research Exchange was held on September 23, 2011 with the objective of fostering interdisciplinary engagement and to attract external funding of water resources research at Temple University through sharing information about ongoing activities and discussing future directions and opportunities. Water resources research includes a number of topics, including: basic scientific research, stormwater management and flood hazard mapping, green infrastructure, water quality and pollution control, water and wastewater treatment, investigation and prevention of waterborne diseases, water conservation and allocation, legal/institutional arrangements for water management, water finance and pricing, and sea level rise. For a listing of faculty currently engaged or interested in water research, click here.
The School of Communication and Theater presented the show “ Urinetown” in October 2011 which is a musical that explores themes of water storage and over-consumption in society. This play does not claim to have any answers to the water crisis, but seeks rather to encourage personal responsibility for water usage.
|Water Bottle Filling Station||
Though not specifically related to water conservation, the installation of water bottle filling stations at Temple has proven to be a popular addition to the campuses. As of May 2012, over 100 water bottle filling stations have been installed throughout Temple campuses, providing cool, filtered water to the Temple community. Most water bottle filling stations have a counter located on them to track how many bottles were diverted from the waste stream through the use of the station. On average, the ticker counts a bottle saved for every 12 ounces of water dispersed. Positive information concerning the purity of Philadelphia’s water and the waste minimization effects of using reusable bottles rather than single- use plastic bottles are touted.