Wisconsin Energy Initiatives (WEI)
WEI is a statewide partnership between private companies and the state government designed to conserve energy in facilities in places such as correctional facilities, health complexes, and universities.
Dual Flush Toilets
These toilets allow direction flushing, one way for solid waste and one way for liquid waste, allowing for water conservation. The Sloan WES Dual Flush Valve and Zurn toilets are located in Tutt, Knilans, and Starin halls, with Fischer and Wellers to follow. These toilets require 1.6 gallons of water per flush for solid waste and 1.1 gallons of water per flush for liquid waste. All other halls have Sloan Regal toilets, which require 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
All of the faucets in the residence halls are low flow and water saving. Faucets in new construction areas and Starin Hall are Zurn models with flow rates of 0.5 gallons per minute in the bathrooms and 2.0 gallons per minute in the kitchens. The rest of the residence halls have Delta 21C143 models that have water saving flow rates of 1.5 gallons per minute.
All of the shower heads on campus ensure that our buildings are conserving water. In the new construction areas on campus, Speakman SM3430-SCS shower heads have a flow rate of only 1.75 gallons per minute. Even the older shower heads, Symmons #4-141 models, have a flow rate of 2.0 gallons per minute, which is far below the federal mandate of a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute or less.
Maytag White Commercial High-Efficiency Front-Load Washers sense the amount of clothes inside and dispense the correct amount of water, saving at least 50% more water than traditional washers. These washers are also high efficiency, which means that less detergent is needed for washing.