The University of Cincinnati has begun the process of creating a comprehensive stormwater management master plan. The plan will help UC find ways to reduce its stormwater runoff which contributes millions of gallons of water per year into Cincinnati's combined sewer system.
In order to reduce runoff of storm water from roof surfaces, UC has started installation of green roofs. A green roof is a roof surface covered with vegetation in a growing medium. As part of the renovation of Procter Hall, a partial green roof was constructed in Spring 2012. Another green roof will be installed on DAA in 2013. In addition to retaining stormwater, green roofs help insulate buildings, create a habitat for urban wildlife, and help mitigate the heat island effect.
UC also promotes the conservation of water and has installed low-flow toilets and other fixtures wherever possible. The Housing Conservation Challenge and Campus Conservation Nationals encourage residence hall students to compete each year to see which hall can conserve the most water.
Make a conscious effort to do one thing every day at UC to conserve water. Every drop counts. Report leaks, dripping faucets and running toilets. A dripping faucet wastes more than 600 gallons a year; a running toilet, more than 131,000 gallons. Please call Work Control at 513-558-2500.