Cornell Releases 2012 Campus Drinking Water Quality Report

Campus water is better than EPA standards...


by Shirley Qian

Did you know that the water supply for Cornell University comes from a filtration plant located right on campus?

The Cornell Water Filtration Plant is situated north of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals and serves the residents of the University’s campus and supplies water to City of Ithaca residents in the Cornell Heights area and in the south side of Fall Creek in the Forest Home area. The water that goes through the filtration plant comes right from Fall Creek.

Federal regulations require community water systems provide customers with detailed information about their drinking water.

The Cornell Water Filtration Plant releases annual water quality reports detailing where the water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to State standards. The 2012 Report can be found here. Take a moment to get to know the water that you use everyday and know that tap water in Ithaca is safe to drink!

Some water conservation measures for students, faculty, and staff.

These are a few ideas to conserve water in your household:

  • Use your water meter to detect hidden leaks. Turn off all taps and water using appliances, then record the meter reading and check the meter after 15 minutes. If the meter moves, you have a leak.
  • To detect possible toilet leak, put 10 drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak to repair. It is common to lose up to 100 gallons a day from a toilet leak. Fix it, and you save more than 30,000 gallons of water a year.
  • Water your lawn only when it needs it. If you step on the grass and it springs back up when you remove your foot, it doesn’t need water. If it stays flat, it does.
  • Don’t hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. Using a hose to clean a driveway can waste hundred of gallons of water. • If every American home installed low-flow faucet aerators, the country would save 250 million gallons of water a day.
  • Saving water can lower your energy bills by reducing your demand for hot or pumped water. These few simple steps will preserve water resources for future generations and also save up to 30% on your energy bill.

For more sustainability tips, check out the Student Sustainability Guide and the Sustainable Events Planning Guide.

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