UTM has undertaken many initiatives in recent years to reduce water use on campus. While some of these projects are highly visible, many have taken place "behind-the-scenes". Here are some of the water-saving projects UTM has completed in recent years:
- The Instructional Centre uses 42% less water than a conventional building. In addition, the green roof on the building is irrigated with collected stormwater. See Green Building page for more information.
- The Health Sciences Complex uses 65% less water than a conventional building. The building uses low-flow fixtures and also has a large underground cistern that collects rainwater. The collected rainwater is used for irrigation and flushing toilets. See Green Building page for more information.
- Softened cooling tower water: use of softened water in UTM's main cooling tower has reduced water use by 37%
- In addition, all U of T campuses have banned the sale and distribution of single-use bottled water. See the bottled water ban page.