“Failure to take constructive action is not an option…Water scarcity is likely to be one of the most severe consequences of population growth and climate change and Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable because of our arid climate and reliance on imported water.”
– UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

Policy Target: 20% reduction in potable water use per capita from campus baseline by 2020 Press Release from UC President Napolitano

Due to the dry climate of Southern California, water conservation plays an important role in sustainability at UCLA. Faculty from across the university are collaborating as part of the UCLA Water Resources Group and the Grand Challenge to address this critical issue for our region and our state. UCLA’s water conservation efforts have reduced annual water use by over 70 million gallons since 2000, bringing us about half way to our 2020 target. Our comprehensive approach to water conservation includes water recycling, high efficiency fixtures such as ultra-low flow urinals, drought tolerant landscaping, and smart climatologically-based irrigation and drip irrigation. The UCLA Water Taskforce, a group that includes staff and administration from Plumbing, Energy Services, Capital Programs, and the Medical Center, as well as faculty from the Engineering Department drafted the UCLA Water Action Plan in January 2014, detailing initiatives that will bring us to our 2020 goal. These initiatives include artificial turf on the IM Field and a filtration system developed by UCLA engineering which will be used to treat water for re-use in our cogeneration plant. Click here to read the UCLA Water Action Plan. An update to the plan will be released in 2015.

Click here to read the letter from Chancellor Block to the campus community regarding the drought.

More information on California’s drought and how you can conserve water on campus can be found here.

To learn more about how you can help during the drought emergency visit BeWaterWise.com

Water consumption

Planning documents:
Water Action Plan 

Media and Awards:
UCLA Today: Prof’s water cleaning system could save campus thousands of gallons, dollars
UCLA Newsroom: ‘The Coming Water Crisis’: UCLA hosts U.S-Australia dialogue on water resources
UCLA Today: Drying up: UC, UCLA to cut water use 20 percent by 2020
Daily Bruin: UC announces goal to reduce water consumption by 2020
Daily Bruin: Calif. drought spurs Gov. Brown to declare state of emergency
KCRW: To ease water use, UCLA engineers develop ‘vertical wetlands’
CBS Local: Desalination may become common reality in near future