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Projects Updates for Topic: Water


  1. Water SWATeam using Google Drive

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    Hello SWAT Water,

    It was nice to meet all of you this morning, I am excited to be part of this group! We have a lot of great ideas already that I am excited to see implemented. I have created a google drive folder which I will be placing all of our minutes and documents in. I have shared it with everyone, so please inform me if you haven't received the folder in your drive account (it should be labeled "SWAT Water Minutes and Documents").

    In the folder, I have uploaded our minutes from this morning and also included any supplemental documentation that we have received thus far for your convenience, including the charge letter and various templates that were emailed from Ben. I also uploaded the power point that I brought up during the meeting. I produced this power point last year when I was contracted by West Point to do some research on Low Impact Development implemented on campuses east of the Mississippi. Hopefully this can be an asset to flip through to see some things other campuses are doing in the east and midwest to reduce their impact on water supply and quality along with links to find more information on the individual projects.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see you all next Wednesday at noon!


    Danielle Thayer


  2. Archived web info - CSE Water Research

  3. suggestion for water conservation

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    From: Rajagopalan, Nandakishore []
    Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 10:18 AM
    Subject: oxijet water nozzle

    A suggestion from someone in the UI physics department.


    The Felton Oxijet™ volumises the stream with air giving you a more luxurious shower.

    Traditional flow restrictors work by simply reducing flow and pressure, whereas the Oxijet™ uses flow energy to draw air into the water stream.

  4. potential student challenge

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    From: Amy Liu []
    Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 11:41 PM
    To: Johnston, Morgan B
    Subject: Re: EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

    This is really interesting, I will look into this. Thanks!

    On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Johnston, Morgan B <> wrote:

    Hi Water SWATeam,

    One of the potential water-related projects for campus could be this student competition:

    What do you think?



  5. Billion Gallon Water Challenge

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    The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is spearheading an initiative called the “Billion Gallon Water Challenge” to preserve and protect water resources in Illinois.

    We have just completed an RFP for water conservations projects and will fund, through our sponsored research grant program, a number of companies and organizations and municipalities to help reach our goal to save 1,000,000,000 gallons of water in Illinois. We will also be conducting outreach and technical assistance to these entities to assist with their water-saving ideas and projects.

    In addition, we are encouraging the people of Illinois to join the challenge by making a personal pledge at the Billion Gallon Water Challenge website: So join in the Challenge; take the pledge today and let us know how you will help save water!  And spread the word to your friends to join, too!

    ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  6. Notes from meeting

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    Water SWATeam

    Water purchasing at about 3.25/100,000 gallons. Plus you have to pay for sewer water as well. In other areas it is more expensive.  Decrease water consumption Find uses for non-potable waterHandle storm water quality and quantity Kishore. How do we compare to other schools? Be the leader as far as water per square foot. ICAP baseline to improve. Is one perspective? We are there now.  Eliana Brown storm water protection.  Most buildings have meters now. About 99% ISTC study. There so much more to do on campus.  CEE 398 PBL water report.  Irrigation usage. Wasn't in the billing system.  Barrier to grey water. Have to repipe a building to be able to use it. BIF Could make that connection. State law say that. In major remodeling projects should the facilities standard say that it should be fed with grey water Excel list of water by building. Irrigation information South farms run off. Drainage tiles. To the embrass river. Florida avenue dividing line. For salt fork.  Low flow fixtures. Aerators on faucets.   

  7. Update from SSC

    After reviewing Nathan Deppe's application for a new cooling system in the Turner Hall greenhouses, we decided that the proposal showed much promise but also the need for further development. Nathan has agreed meet in person to discuss such matters at 3:00 PM on Tuesday in the atrium of Temple Buell Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting; if you are interested, please send a quick email to let me know. If you cannot attend but still want to offer input or questions, you are welcome to send them my way and the information will be shared among us.  Thank you! Amy Liu

  8. Amy Liu is interested in talking with fraternities and sororities

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    Amy Liu spoke with Morgan Johnston at the SSC working group kickoff meeting about reaching out to sororities and fraternities about reducing waste by using reusable water bottles.  Morgan provided Amy with contact info for Michelle Hart in the Student Services Building.  Amy also suggested the catchy phrase "Tap that" to associate their efforts with tap water. Morgan noted that she is still setting up the water fountain tour with the plumbing shop, hopefully for next week.

  9. Library excited about glass fillers

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    Hi Morgan,

    That is fantastic news!  The Library has installed a few in the Main Library and has received numerous thanks for providing easy means for faculty, staff and students to fill drinking water containers. 

    Bill Mischo, Head Librarian - Grainger, Lori Mestre, Head Librarian - UGL and John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries will be very pleased.


    Many thanks to the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC)



    Work orders submitted for Grainger and the Undergrad Library (UGX).

  10. work orders submitted

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    Work orders were submitted for the following locations:

    • Armory, floors 1 and 3
    • Wohlers Hall, floors 1 and 2
    • Loomis Lab, floors 1 and 2
    • Siebel Center, basement and floor 1
    • Natural Resources Building, floors 1 and 2

    The Housing location at Ikenberry Commons (actually called Student Dining and Residential Programs, SDRP) was discussed with John Humlicek, and they have already installed bottle fillers at that location.  They are also working to install one per floor of all residence halls.

    The Library locations have been shared with Jeff Schrader in the Library to get his input before installation proceeds.