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. This is the UIC Climate Commitment to become a Net Zero Water Campus.

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 non-billable maintenance request through FMWeb to have the filters replaced.

If you would like to have a water bottle refill station in your building, talk to your department to request one and submit a billable maintenance request through FMWeb.

Read CAIP Strategy 4.0 to see how UIC is strategizing water conservation

Read more about UIC's stormwater management