Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Water Conservation

Water is life.

We rely on it everyday. It our responsibility to keep it clean and ensure access to meet societal and ecological needs. Using water wisely starts with each person on a day-to-day basis.

Water Tips and Tricks

Use a reusable water bottle


  • Place a full load in washer. Not a full load? Ask your roommate or friend to share and make a full load.
  • Select "cold" water options on the washer.
  • Use greener laundry detergents or make sure to use “phosphate” free detergent. Such types of detergents do not contain harsh chemicals that end up in our waterways, negatively impacting aquatic life.
  • Avoid unneeded washes. If it is not smelly or dirty, just hang up in the closet or put back in the drawer.
Bathroom and Kitchen
  • Take a shorter shower. Showers longer than 5 minutes are unnecessary.
  • Turn off the water when you are not using it. For example, apply shampoo, turn the water off and lather up. Turn the shower back on to rinse.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing hands.
  • Flush less often. Put used tissues, trash, hair, etc. in the wastebasket, not the toilet.
  • Leaky faucet or shower? Report leaky faucets, showers to Facilities Management Dept by placing a Work Order Online. Live off campus? Inform your landlord of the leak and request it be repaired.

Loyola's Bottled Water Ban Policy

Students campaigned, educated and shaped a campus-wide policy that prohibits the sale of bottled water on campus. The players, the history and reusable water bottle refill maps are available here.

Reusable water bottles are important to keep in your backpack and can be filled at any of the refill stations across campus.

Respect Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan provides you with drinking water, water to shower and anything else you can think of that provides water at your Loyola home-away-from-home. It is the largest sources of surface freshwater in the world! We are so fortunate to have such an amazing treasure at the doorsteps of the Loyola lakeside campuses. Help take care of Lake Michigan and other water resources.