A week after the Town of Amherst issued mandatory water restrictions to cope with an ongoing statewide drought, students, faculty and staff are being urged to help conserve water.
In an Aug. 25 broadcast email, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy outlined steps the campus community can take to limit water use, including taking shorter showers, turning off taps and restricting laundry to full loads.
The town’s decision to impose water restrictions, said Subbaswamy, “means that all of us in the UMass community will need do our part in the coming semester to conserve water. Departments across campus are taking steps to limit the amount of water used for campus operations, but we still need your help during this difficult time.”
The message precedes the arrival of more 21,000 undergraduates over Labor Day weekend for the beginning of the fall semester. Campus officials plan to reiterate the conservation message through ongoing messaging targeting students in residence halls as well as off-campus housing. Posters, flyers, public service announcements on cable TV, social media and online communications will be used to underscore the need for conservation.
Related information is available on the campus sustainability website at UMassSavesH2O.