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Boosting UCLA Water Supply

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Parking Structure 9 was recently outfitted with a stormwater capture system capable of collecting 2,500 gallons of rainwater to irrigate the surrounding campus grounds. Placed along the structure wall the system captures and reuses storm water, increasing the campus water supply in support of the university’s UC Policy on Sustainable Practices goal to reduce its potable water use per capita by more than 36% by 2025.

As part of UCLA Sustainability Action Research (SAR), three student teams advised by the Office of Sustainability worked for more than four years to complete the project. SAR is a research program that partners students with campus stakeholders to research, rethink and tackle UCLA’s greatest sustainability challenges. Financing for this project was also provided by UCLA students through The Green Initiative Fund. Project management support and supplemental funding was provided by Facilities Management and Transportation, which also designed and produced the informational sign at the system site.