Sustainable Practices - Water

Sustainable Practices - Water

photo of trees, grass and pondWater conservation and watershed protection are critical to all life. Lane incorporates the principles of water conservation and protection into our operational and educational practices, making the campus a learning laboratory for our students.

Take Back the Tap

"Taking back the tap" means reclaiming a more economical, ecological, equitable, and healthy way to drink water. Drinking bottled water is bad for your pocket book, bad for the planet, and sometimes bad for people too. Due to advocacy by the Sustainability Committee, student groups and others, Lane has "Taken Back the Tap" and stopped selling bottled water at the cafeteria, bookstore and in vending machines.

Student Projects

Students in our Water Conservation Technician program conduct projects that help to reduce water use at Lane. Water Conservation Technician program interns have completed some remarkable work at Lane. Lane students have:

save water power shower poster
Five Minute Power
Shower sign created
by Water Conservation
Technician students.
  • Rainwater harvesting system at Learning GardenRetrofit 88% of old bathroom faucets that used 1.0 to 2.2 gallons of water per minute with aerators that use 0.5 gallons per minute. These retrofits are saving the college 1,107,000 gallons of water and $2945 per year.
  • Retrofit PE locker room showerheads from a 2.5 gallon per minute flow rate to 1.5 gallons per minute.
  • Created signs for PE locker room shower area encouraging people to take shorter showers and save water.
  • Conducted research and made proposals that have enabled the college to purchase dual flush and ultra-low flow toilets.
  • Created a Water Conservation Floor Plan book which lists all water using fixtures at Lane, flow rates for the fixtures, whether they have been retrofit to save water, and how much water they are saving.
  • Created spreadsheet for tracking water use.
  • Created a rainwater harvesting system that collects rain from the roof of the Learning Garden greenhouse that is used for Learning Garden irrigation.
  • Installed a highly efficient irrigation system at the Learning Garden.

Water Conservation in Buildings

New construction incorporates state of the art water conservation practices. Lane's construction management team collaborates with Water Conservation Technician students and instructors to select the best water fixtures for our new and remodeled buildings. Sinks in new buildings use a 0.5 gallon per minute faucet with solar powered motion sensor devices so that water is only running when needed.

low output faucetDual flush or high efficiency toilets are also standard for new construction and remodels. 

Showers use water efficient 1.5 gallon per minute shower heads. 

Water Conservation & Protection Outside

Lane's landscaping practices model sustainability at every turn.

Lane's grounds have been certified as wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. We are committed to providing the elements needed for wildlife to thrive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young.

dual flush toiletLane's gardens are self-sustaining landscapes requiring very little water once established and do not require fertilization and are chemical free.

This strategy relies on leaving the majority of leaf litter in place to decompose and provide self-fertilization.

Find out more by viewing the photo tour of Water Conservation & Protection Outside at LCC