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Water Resources

As California's population continues to grow, so does the demand for water. The most economical, efficient, and environmentally appropriate approach to deal with this demand is to reduce water consumption and to use the State's limited water resources more wisely. High performance schools can contribute to this effort by using water-efficient landscape techniques, and by using water-efficient fixtures and controls in indoor and outdoor plumbing systems.

Further Subtopics

Outdoor Water Design
Indoor Water Design
Onsite Water Reuse

Featured Resources

Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
(Best Practices Manual Volume 2: Introduction to Guidelines Section, Goals and Cross-cutting Issues, Water Efficiency) 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.

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities - Water Conservation in Schools
NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on water efficiency, lead-safe drinking water, and plumbing issues in school buildings and grounds.

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