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1 Can I tour the campus wastewater treatment plant?

Please contact Brad Butterfield (blbutterfield@ucdavis or (530) 681-8639) or Michael Fan ( or (916) 870-5747 to arrange a tour.

2 Do campus buildings have utility meters?

Because the campus centrally pays for most utilities, UC Davis was slow to meter utility use at the building level. However, for the past few years, we have been aggressively installing modern, utility meters. All facilities that are required to pay for their…

3 Does UC Davis recycle water?

UC Davis makes limited use of its highly treated wastewater effluent. The water meets all standards for unrestricted use. Currently, only the grounds of the Wastewater Treatment Plant itself and the surrounding area are irrigated using reclaimed water.

4 Has UC Davis installed energy efficient lighting in its parking lots and structures?

UC Davis has been a leader in the installation of innovative, energy-efficient lighting. In collaboration with the UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS), all of the campus parking structures and…

5 How is UC Davis water treated?

The campus’s domestic water is not treated, except for disinfection using chlorine (sodium hypochlorite). Chlorine levels are typically maintained at 0.5 ppm (parts per million).

6 How much electricity does the campus use and how much does it cost?

The main campus currently uses about 230 million kilowatt-hours per year. Thanks to energy conservation efforts, that total has been declining despite campus growth. Taking all expenses into account all the way to each building, the net cost is less than…

7 What are the current utility rates?


8 What can I pour down the drain?

The University operates its state-of-the art tertiary treatment plant in the south campus to treat our wastewater. Much of the wastewater generated on the campus is normal domestic sewage (from those who live on campus or from campus restrooms). However,…

9 What do I do if my elevator stops working?

An elevator not working is always an emergency so therefore give us a call and we will get it fixed accordingly.

10 What is building commissioning?

“Total building commissioning” is a process for validating that facilities and building systems can be operated and maintained according to their design intent. The commissioning process begins at project inception and continues for the life of the facility,…

11 What to do if a toilet is running?

Call 752-1655 and they will take care of it.

12 Where can I get information about the campus drinking water quality?

As a public water supplier, we prepare annual “Consumer Confidence Reports” with considerable detail about our water quality. Campus Water Quality Reports are published on the Utilities website.

13 Where does UC Davis get its electricity?

UC Davis owns and operates its own electrical substation, which gives us the ability to purchase power from suppliers of our choosing. We are connected to PG&E transmission mains, and we pay them a fee for transmission. Currently, UC Davis has contracts…

14 Where does UC Davis get its water?

UC Davis runs its own domestic water system. Six on-campus wells are used as the University’s domestic water supply. These wells draw water from aquifers 800 to 1400 feet below the ground. Shallower wells are used to provide irrigation water for the campus.…

15 Who pays for campus utilities?

The vast majority of utility use at UC Davis takes place in state-funded space, and state-funded facilities are not directly charged for utility use. The Utilities Division receives centralized funding to cover these expenses. About 7-15% of the utilities…

16 Why does the Arboretum Waterway look so yucky?

The Arboretum Waterway is shaped like a flowing creek, but all natural inflow into the channel was eliminated before the turn of the 20th century to prevent flooding in Davis. In the late 1960s, the Arboretum Waterway was constructed along the old stream…

17 Why doesn’t UC Davis have more solar power on its roofs?

UC Davis has been deliberate in its efforts to add local solar power as a supply. Solar power is most feasible when power rates and peak-use surcharges are high. Because the campus has relatively low power rates and does not pay significant peak-use charges…

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