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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Water Conservation Tips

It benefits all of us to conserve water. Conservation helps keep water costs down, and water costs impact the price of necessities such as food because farms require much more water to grow and harvest the food we eat.

Although residence halls generally use less water than single family homes, in some ways residents can do more to conserve water than homeowners. Think of it this way, if everyone in your building does a little something to save water, that small water savings is multiplied by the number rooms. So if everyone saves just two gallons of water each day, your building may be saving 50, 100 or 150 gallons per day.

Take a look the water-saving tips below. Have a tip you'd like to share? Email us at

  • Even if your bathroom already has a low-flow showerhead, every minute you shorten your shower can save up to 75 gallons per month. And remember, there’s power in numbers.  If every resident in a 30-room building cut just one minute from their daily shower, that would be a savings of 2,250 gallons every month!
  • Got a leaky faucet? Report leaks promptly to your RA. A little drip may not seem like much, but a faucet that drips just five times per minute may be wasting more than 260 gallons per year.
  • Do you leave the faucet running when you brush your teeth? Turn it off to save 70 gallons of water per month or more.
  • See a leaky sprinkler on campus If you see a leak from a broken sprinkler, washing machine, or pipe, report it immediately to your RA.
  • Don’t use the toilet to toss trash.
  • See room for improvement? Your RA should also be notified if you see other types of water waste.