Project Leads: Megan Maurino, Gary Imazumi, Sara Shirazi
Sponsor: Physical Plant-Campus Services
TGIF Grant: $11,378
Project Theme: Water Conservation & Efficiency
Project Description: The Low Water Irrigation Project will install five new weather stations on campus and will hire a student intern for monitoring and analysis. The weather stations will collect local weather (microclimate) information, recording temperature, humidity, wind, and solar data and adjust irrigation percentages against the base line.
Currently, UC Berkeley’s irrigation system uses 48,685,824gal/year which is 12.2% of the total water used on campus. This is by far the single largest consumer of water on campus, and can be centrally-managed. In effort to conserve water due to the current drought and the UC goal of reducing water consumption by 20% in 2020, the Physical Plant & Campus Services (PPCS), Grounds Services, student interns, and the Campus Landscape Architect plan to complete a project that converts the current irrigation system to more water-efficient technology.