Drip, drip, drip … If you stay quiet and listen closely, you can hear it. Water always finds a way and now Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development has embraced a unique way to track it.
“They listen to the water mains using acoustic methods,” said Brenda VanCleave, water engineer for FOD’s sustainability office. “They can pinpoint where there’s a leak within three meters of that leak.”
As part of ongoing leak detection surveys, FOD has partnered with a third-party crew that mounts their equipment onto fire hydrants and listen to the water main between the hydrants to...
While World Water Day comes just once a year, Brenda VanCleave doesn’t limit her water conservation to a single day. Instead, the Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) water resource engineer finds ways to integrate her morale responsibility into her favorite hobby.
“My garden at my house is my getaway,” VanCleave said.
VanCleave has been tending to her garden for the past 15 years and finds that it’s the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors.
“I have a rain barrel that can feed the garden,” VanCleave said, with an unwavering commitment to sustainability and water conservation....
Ohio State aims to reduce potable water consumption by 5 percent, per person, every five years as part of its university-wide sustainability goals . Read more about how Facilities Operations and Development and the College of Pharmacy have teamed up to conserve water by changing lab equipment for annual water savings of 16 million gallons.
March 22 is World Water Day! Below are some tips for how you can conserve water on campus and at home.
Turn off the water tap while tooth brushing, shaving and face washing. Clean vegetables, fruits, dishes and utensils with minimum water. Don’t let the water run while rinsing. Run washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full. Using water-efficient showerheads and taking shorter showers. Learning to turn off faucets tightly after each use. Repair and fix any water leaks.