Water & Wastewater
UES controls and maintains an extensive 800,000 gallons a day in water production, transmission, storage, and distribution system that supplies the majority of all domestic water to the main campus. The production wells are located within the main campus and have redundant connection to the local municipality for emergent purposes. The monumental 200,000 gallon elevated water tower icon and an adjacent 100,000 gallon ground water storage tank provide all of the domestic water storage.
UCF will continue to adhere to industry best practices to maintain and conserve our precious water resources. Our objective is to maximize water efficiency within buildings and reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems. Significant contributions to water use reduction has been provided by removing all irrigation from potable water supply and supplied by reclaimed water, as well as mandating that our new construction facilities will use 40% less water than the baseline building.
The domestic water system serving UCF is held to the same rigorous testing standards required of all municipal water systems under Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.
Sanitary sewer transportation systems are operated and maintained by UES to serve the entire main campus and research park. Effluent is transferred to the local municipality through several lift stations under a long-term capacity agreement.
Water Conservation Efforts
In consideration of potable water supply needed for drinking and washing, and the excess capacity for reclaim water, led to the exploration of sustainable alternatives. After the successful transition to 100% reclaimed water for the campus irrigation system, UES analyzed additional opportunities for reclaimed water use in its on-campus cooling towers. Utilizing reclaimed water as an alternative to potable water for its chilled water source would not only reduce the system’s total water usage, but also result in significant savings in operational expenditures. The reclaim water has shown to meet the same needs as the potable would have for cooling needs, but surpassed in cycles of concentration, allowing the water to be used for a longer period of time before being deemed no longer usable.
UCF’s LEED requirements also emphasize water conservation through its Water Efficiency credits, via low-flow lavatories and water closets, and use reclaim water for flushing when appropriate.