UIC receives 37.83 inches of rainfall per year on its 244-acre campus, an equivalent of 251 million gallons of stormwater falling on campus. UIC consumes on average 660,000,000 gallons of water annually. To be truly sustainable, UIC should consume no more water than what falls naturally - we should follow the laws of nature and the hydrological cycle.

Water Conservation

Faucets inside an empty bathroom

Grant Hall, Lincoln Hall and Douglas Hall conserve water through low-flow fixtures in the restrooms. In Lincoln Hall and Douglas Hall, the toilets have handles where users pull up to flush liquids and push down for solids. In a student project, it was discovered that removing automatic toilet and urinal flushers and replacing them with low-flow flushers will reduce water usage by over 70%.

If you notice excessive water waste, such as water dripping from a faucet, please report it to Facilities Management via FMWeb.


Water Bottle Refill Stations

Red UIC-branded water bottle filling up in the water bottle refill station

If you notice the water bottle refill station needs servicing, please have a departmental staff member create a billable service request through FMWeb to have the filters replaced. Talk to your department to request a water bottle refill station in your building.