In summer 2012, the SPF provided the resources to hire Ryan Maliska, a U3 Chemical Engineering student, to work as a water resource management intern for the Department of Energy and Utilities Management at McGill. Ryan worked to determine a water consumption baseline for the downtown campus, categorize water consumption and come up with water conservation itiatives for the university, all with the goal of reducing water consumed by 20% by 2017.
The Mac Water Bottle Refill Station was a pilot project set up in the Macdonald Stewart building on Macdonald Campus in 2009 to encourage students to bring their own water bottles for refill in a more convenient station. The pilot was so successful that there are now several more refill stations all over the McGill campus. As of January 31st 2013, more than 55,000 water bottles have been filled from these stations.
With the continuous concern with water resources and water management in a changing climate, students at McGill University are taught the value of water sustainability but no building or system on the Macdonald Campus can be used to showcase sustainable water recovery and usage.
How much water does McGill use every day and how can we use it more sustainably? If you’ve ever wondered about water on campus, Water is Life! Sustaining McGill’s eau de vie is coming to a building near you.