Subject: Water Policy of the Environmental Policy
Group: Institutional
Approved by: Vice-President, Administration
Approval date: November 28, 2012
Effective date: November 28, 2012
Administered by: Director of Facilities Management

1 — PURPOSE
 
Mount Allison is located within the Tantramar River watershed and plays an important role with respect to water use in the region. As a steward of the environment the University is committed to responsible water management. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance and direction to address the roles and responsibilities of Mount Allison in meeting this commitment.

2 — POLICY
 
It is the University’s policy to concentrate its efforts in the areas of infrastructure and best practices.
 
2.1 Infrastructure
The University will ensure that the University’s built environment reflects a commitment to responsible water consumption. This includes, but is not limited to,

  • ensuring that increasing water efficiency is a considered factor when new buildings and renovations are carried out;
  • using longevity and water efficiency as primary considerations when purchasing water fixtures;
  • installing low flow faucets, shower heads, and toilets to decrease water consumption when feasible;
  • regularly reviewing opportunities and emerging technologies for reduction of water consumption;
  • maximizing the use of recycled rainwater and grey water for new and existing buildings; and
  • minimizing the use of water for grounds operations as prescribed in Policy 2102.f.

2.2 Practices
The University acknowledges that promoting conscious consumption behaviour is an important component in an effective water management strategy. Strategies are to include

  • promoting water conservation to students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors and increasing awareness of sourcing, treatment and disposal of water on campus; and
  • ensuring that the risk of run-off contamination to waterways and the Waterfowl Park is minimized and that the Town of Sackville is aware of the University’s water management decisions and practices.


3 — PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND TARGETS

Financial Services will collect information and report metrics and progress on water management. The metrics to be included are

  • Annual potable water consumption; and
  • Annual potable water consumption per square foot, per student and employee.