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Indoor Water Design

Water is a growing area of concern in the state of California. Being efficient with indoor water use reduces the amount of water that needs to be treated and transported to schools. Reducing the amount of water used by sinks and showers will also save energy that is required to heat and transport water, which will ultimately benefit schools monetarily. Indoor water use can be easily reduced by using low-flow devices for faucet and toilet fixtures, and by using automatic shutoffs, such as motion sensors, to turn off sinks and showers when they are not in use.

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Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
(Best Practices Manual Volume 2: Other Equipment & Systems Section, Guideline OS6:Efficient Terminal Devices & Guideline OS7:Waterless Urinals) CHPS aims to facilitate the design of high performance schools in California - environments that are not only resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit and contain the amenities needed for a quality education. CHPS has developed a set of Best Practices Manuals (available at to create a new generation of high performance school facilities in California.

California Urban Water Conservation Counsel - Handbook of Water Use and Conservation

This handbook is a comprehensive, authoritative, and state-of-the-art reference for water use, conservation, and the growing array of efficiency measures to help meet future water needs.

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