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University of Texas and Austin Water collaborate on water reclamation project

April 02, 2013
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The University of Texas at Austin

Officials from the University of Texas and Austin Water gathered for a ceremony March 27 to celebrate the completion of a new water reclamation project, The Daily Texan reported.

The new network of pipes connects the university's chilling stations to Austin Water's reclaimed water distribution system. This enables campus buildings to use reclaimed wastewater instead of potable water for cooling systems.

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According to the university's Utilities and Energy Management Department, the system will save 70 million gallons of potable water each year.

“This is a great accomplishment for the City of Austin.” said Greg Meszaros, director of Austin Water. “Austin Water’s Reclaimed Water Program continues to break new ground throughout the city providing real world water conservation options to organizations like UT-Austin.”

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