Limit Non-essential Water Use on BYU Campus

Limit Non-essential Water Use on BYU Campus

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Kyra Nelson started this petition to Brigham Young University

Utah is currently facing extreme drought conditions, with 62% of the state qualifying as exceptionally dry, the most severe drought categorization.

Institutional water use accounts for 11% of Utah's water usage, and as a major university, BYU contributes substantially to that number. BYU has made a number of efforts in recent years to use water more effectively, including implementing an advanced irrigation system, composting, and routinely examining irrigation systems to ensure they remain effective. These efforts are commendable, however, with the vast majority of campus landscaping being grass, considerable amounts of water are still being used for landscaping.

With this petition, we ask that while Utah remains in a state of extreme drought, BYU reduce water use by forgoing the watering of lawns, particularly lawns which are not used for recreational activities. We further encourage BYU to consider implementing more desert-friendly landscaping for long-term water use reduction while maintaining a beautiful campus landscape. By doing so, BYU could conserve hundreds of thousands of gallons of water which currently go towards watering landscaping.

As Utah's water shortages grow increasingly dire, we ask BYU to do it's part by drastically cutting non-essential water use.

Sources:
https://water.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Outdoor-Water-Use-Efficiency-of-Utahs-Universities-and-Colleges.pdf 

https://www.fox13now.com/weather/in-utah-drought-exceptionally-dry-is-no-longer-exceptional

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