Most tips and trick for water conservation are for those who own homes, have lawns, or work in an office building. What about the large number of people who are living away from home in dorms, eating at dining halls, and doing laundry in a shared space?

That’s right, college kids – you can do your part to conserve water and save the environment too! Keep these easy conservation tips in mind while on campus:

Eating Out

When you’re in college, especially the first year, a lot of your meals will be spent in the dining hall. Although it might seem like the water usage is out of your hands, it really isn’t!

  • Bring a reusable water bottle with you to fill up while you eat, so water doesn’t have to be used to wash dining hall cups.
  • Along the same lines, try to avoid using trays whenever possible to reduce the amount of water needed for washing up.


  • Wash only full loads of laundry. If you hate doing laundry, this is your excuse to put it off until you have nothing left to wear!
  • Combine your laundry with a roommate or friend to save water if you can’t wait until you have a full load.


  • Some dorms and apartments on campus come equipped with a dishwasher. The good news – dishwashers, when fully loaded, actually use less water than hand-washing dishes (no more running water down the drain). Use the dishwasher whenever you can, but make sure it is full!

Food and Drink

  • If you have houseplants, use leftover water from a drinking glass or from washing fruits and veggies to water them.
  • Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator or on the counter instead of running water over them.


  • If you notice any leaks, shower or elsewhere, call campus maintenance to fix it right away!
  • Try to shorten showers as much as possible. Even as little as 60 seconds less can make a difference.