Indiana water shortage results in irrigation curtailments on campus

July 26, 2012

In response to the water shortage warning issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Indiana Department of Homeland Security for 32 counties across the state, Purdue's Grounds Department is taking steps to limit the amount of water used for irrigation at the West Lafayette campus.

Crews will be watering irrigated turf areas at a reduced rate and focusing on the preservation of plant and landscape materials. Turf areas that are not irrigated will appear to be dead, but in actuality the turf will just be dormant. Watering the irrigated turf at a reduced rate will maintain it and lessen the cost of reseeding areas in the spring.

Through these irrigation curtailment efforts, the Grounds Department expects to reduce water usage by more than 25 percent. Questions regarding irrigation curtailment may be directed to the Grounds Department at 49-43087.