Water is the life-blood of our world. Mizzou is lucky to be situated geographically in an area with an abundance of available water, but that does not mean we should conserve water any less. Mizzou has worked hard to reduce water waste through increases in efficiency and by identifying areas of unnecessary water waste. The graph and table below show the degree to which Mizzou has reduced its water usage throughout the years.

Line graph showing the steady decrease of water use on the MU campus.

FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18
Water Use (kgals) 357,569 324,296 317,660 297,308 323,048 319,836 316,295 273,508 293,062 273,336 256,424

Individual Water Use

Not all of the water used on campus is used directly by students, staff or faculty, but looking at water use in a per-capita context can provide valuable insight to campus users. The trend lines for the two data-sets over the last decade show how water use gas decreased over time while campus population has generally gone up.

Two line graphs; one for campus population and another for water use with respective trendlines. They show that water use has decreased although the campus population overall has increased.

FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18
Water Use (kgals) 357,569.0 324,296.0 317,660.0 297,308.0 323,048.0 319,836.0 316,295.0 273,508.0 293,062.0 273,336.0 256,424.0
Campus Population 39,570.0 41,728.0 42,747.0 43,953.0 45,437.0 46,638.0 45,731.0 46,584.0 46,557.0 44,333.0 41,593.0
gallons per capita 9,036.4 7,771.7 7,431.2 6,764.2 7,109.8 6,857.8 6,916.4 5,871.3 6,294.7 6,165.5 6,165.1

Water Usage and Building Size

Over time, the building gross square footage on the Mizzou campus has gone up. Because of the vast volumes of water buildings utilize, Mizzou has had to dramatically increase the efficiency of buildings with regards to water consumption. The graph below shows how water use has decreased even though there has been a steady increase in gross square foot of building space throughout the past decade.

Two line graphs; one of water use and the other of gross square feet of building space with respective trendlines. They show that overall water use has decreased while gross square feet of building space has increased.