The University of Texas at Arlington will install about 1,500 low flow showerheads this summer in residence halls and other student housing as part of a partnership with the City of Arlington. The move is expected to save over $100,000 a year in water, sewer and natural gas fees.
“The University has been looking at ways to reduce our energy usage. When we looked at this we realized that the initial investment versus the savings were a huge, huge opportunity,” said Nick Schroeder, a facilities engineer at UT Arlington.
Arlington Water Utilities’ conservation program purchased 1,600 showerheads for the project at a cost of about $4,240. The University expects to use about 14.2 million fewer gallons of water each year after the upgrades are complete.
“Partnering with UT Arlington on this showerhead replacement project will provide measurable water and energy savings for UT Arlington and helps our community improve the long-term efficient use of our water resources,” said Dustan Compton, conservation program coordinator for Arlington Water Utilities. “We hope to evaluate this program in the near future and, if successful, move forward with additional partnership opportunities.”
A high-efficiency showerhead is able to provide a pleasing showering experience with significant water and energy savings because less hot water is being used. Replacing a standard 2.5 gallons per minute showerhead with a high-efficiency 1.5 gallons per minute model saves 40 percent in water, wastewater, and energy costs.
Arlington Water Utilities provides showerhead exchanges for Arlington residents each May, in celebration of Drinking Water Week, at customer service locations. The showerhead exchange is also available at the water conservation booth at Ecofest in downtown Arlington. The next Ecofest Arlington will be on Sept. 17, 2011. To participate in the exchange, residents must bring in their old showerhead to receive a new, high-efficiency model. There is a limit of one showerhead per household.
For more information on water conservation, visit www.arlingtontx.gov/water/waterconservation.html.