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Duke Sets Up $5M Water Conservation Fund

Posted December 4, 2007 12:46 p.m. EST

— Duke University has set up a $5 million fund for projects to conserve water on campus and among students and staff.

"This fund will help us move more quickly to make operational changes at Duke to address the current drought and enhance our ongoing water conservation efforts,” Executive Vice President Tallman Trask III said in a statement.

In one of the first initiatives, Duke will give away an initial batch of 5,000 low-flow shower heads to Duke faculty, staff and off-campus students. Each 1.5 gallons-per-minute shower head saves an estimated 7,300 gallons of water annually compared with a standard fixture.

The shower head distribution will begin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in front of Duke Chapel. A university ID is required, and staff will be available to answer questions. The distribution will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 through Dec. 21 in Duke’s Smith Warehouse Work Control Center, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd.

“Most of the Duke community lives in Durham and other parts of the Triangle,” Tavey McDaniel Capps, Duke’s environmental sustainability coordinator, said in a statement. “With a few twists of the wrists, a new shower head can reduce water use at home and help provide immediate relief for regional demands.”

Duke staff also will continue to replace more than 1,000 shower heads in campus residence halls with low-flow versions, saving thousands of gallons per day.