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Water restrictions have not made their way across the entire campus just yet. Students who live in resident halls have yet to feel a difference when it comes to the drought restrictions. Michael Mills, Director of Housing, said the university is well aware that the city is in a water shortage, and says university officials have been working with the city since this all began.
“ I know that the university and certainly different departments such as our facility offices have been involved with the city and the planning all along from stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, stage 4, and now unfortunately probably stage 5 as well,” Mills said.
Kinslie Ralston, resident assistant, said there are no limitations on water usage in the dorms, but residents are encouraged to conserve.
“We don’t really have water restrictions on campus in the dorms, but it is common knowledge that we are in a drought. So to the best of your ability, take as quick of a shower as you can and don’t just stand there for an excessive amount of time. I understand that it’s important to save water, it would make sense, but not a lot of people would feel the same way,” Ralston said.
University housing gets all of its water from the city’s water supply. Mills says other sources of water on campus will not contribute to the water that’s used in housing.
“I know the university does have water wells that they use to try and keep the athletic fields alive, but I don’t think that there are any plans to try and extend that out to the campus at this point,” Mills said.
Mills says in the last 10 years all residential buildings have been renovated to have low flow shower heads and efficient toilets, but if more changes are needed, the university will fall in line.
“Hopefully it doesn’t get to the point where we have to start placing specific restrictions on anyone, but obviously we will continue to comply with the same regulations that all residence of the city comply with,” Mills said.