Water conservation is important for two reasons. First, water is an important natural resource that we need to actively preserve. Second, PSU is on the Plymouth Village water and sewer system and pays for every gallon of water used. Reducing the amount of water we use will help make for a more sustainable planet and save money.
The University provides laundry facilities in each of the residential buildings. Campus washers and dryers are the most energy efficient in the Town of Plymouth! We ask that you only do laundry when you have a full load, and use cold water to wash. Also use environmentally friendly detergents and softeners.
Reduce your shower time and you will reduce your overall consumption. Try wetting down, turn off the water while lathering, and then turn the water back on for your final rinse! Avoid shaving or brushing your teeth in the shower. Also check out all-natural soaps and cleansers that are better for the environment; most are sold locally.
Brushing your Teeth
Turn off the spigot in between rinses and use environmentally friendly toothpaste.
Avoid unnecessary flushing. An average toilet uses approximately three gallons of water per flush, unless you are using one of Plymouth’s low-impact toilets which use around 1.6 gallons. PSU is also installing waterless urinals throughout campus.
Instead of letting the water run, plug the drain and fill with soapy water. It is easy to turn the water off in between rinses and more efficient to use a light stream when rinsing.
Chill tap water in your refrigerator ahead of time rather than letting the faucet run until cold. Try using a water filter such as Brita© or PUR© to make use of local water sources. Avoid buying bottled water!
Reassign water duties
Instead of pouring leftover water from bottles down the drain, use it for cleaning or for watering plants.
Don’t forget to
Work order any leaky faucets or broken toilet handles to Physical Plant on MyPlymouth