Athens, Ga. – There are dozens of ways the University of Georgia can cut water consumption to help cope with one of Georgia’s worst droughts in modern times, according to a report from a special water conservation task force. The UGA Water Conservation task force has released its recommendations on measures for both short and long-term conservation, steps to reduce water used for research purposes, ideas for installation of water-saving devices, suggestions for finding new sources of water and a list of “worst-case possibilities.”
UGA created the task force in early October to advise the senior administration on possible ways to immediately reduce water use with minimal impact on teaching and research, and to suggest strategies for long-term conservation and for potentially increasing water supplies.
The 12-member group, composed of faculty, staff and a student representative, was chaired by Lonnie Brown, associate professor of law and administrative fellow in the provost’s office, and Kathy Pharr, assistant vice president for finance and administration.
The report notes that many of the recommendations stem from suggestions and ideas submitted by university employees and students over the past five weeks and “reflect not only the consensus of the task force, but also the collective perspectives of a broad cross-section of the university community.”
The task force’s report is available for download at http://www.uga.edu/WaterResourcesReport.pdf. For more information on UGA’s water conservation efforts, visit http://www.uga.edu/aboutUGA/water_tips.html.