The University of Redlands is actively engaged in water conservation:
During the Fall term, we typically plant winter rye grass on campus (although to a limited degree during drought conditions). Planting new seed requires an unusually high amount of water to ensure proper seed germination. This is a short-term process that occurs each fall for two to four weeks depending on seasonal conditions.
The University consists of 160 acres of landscape. We have two full-time irrigators who are constantly making repairs, programming systems and helping to identify where water can be reduced, whether through scheduling or alternative systems such as drip irrigation. If you identify an area where a sprinkler head is misaligned, please report it to Facilities Management at Ext. 8020.
Although the fountain uses non-potable water, it has a high rate of evaporation. In an effort to be a good steward of our water resources, the University has decided to limit fountain run times during drought conditions.
No, the University’s shares of Lugonia Water Company, which supplies non-potable water to a reservoir for campus irrigation, allow for a maximum water allocation each year. There is no penalty for using less than our water allocation; in fact, we have done so for the last several years.