Using practices such as targeted and well-planned irrigation systems and stormwater management, Purdue University makes the most of its water resources.

Irrigation Systems

The following technologies, measures and initiatives have been implemented to ensure that use of water for on-campus irrigation is controlled and recycled to the extent possible:

  • Targeted irrigation
  • Irrigation timers
  • Central irrigation control system

Stormwater Management

Purdue University created its Sustainable Stormwater Modification Design in November 2009.

The Sustainable Stormwater Modification Design includes the following key recommendations:

  • Manage the small, frequent rainfall events to improve water quality, protect Harrison Pond and other receiving waters and promote groundwater recharge. Capturing the initial volume of runoff will also reduce the impacts of larger events.
  • Use a systems approach integrating stormwater management with landscape measures, campus improvements and new projects.
  • Distribute a number of stormwater options, both large and small, throughout a drainage area rather than a single large solution in which failure would have far greater consequences.
  • Capture water upstream near the source, to reduce the burden on conveyance systems and the potential for localized downstream flooding.

Visit the Sustainability Master Plan Water webpage to learn more about our goals related to water on campus. 

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