CHANGING TIDES AT DALHOUSIE UNIVERISTY
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As a leading Canadian university in research and educational experience, the Greening the Campus Movement presents Dalhousie University with the opportunity to make new name for itself. Dalhousie has embarked on some initiatives including a campus sustainability office, low flow toilet technology and is home to a dedicated campus greening society, SustainDal. The Changing Tides at Dalhousie University research project was carried out in order to determine if it would be socially and economically acceptable to put dual-flush toilets in a new residence at Dalhousie University. The objective of this research is to compare the water consumption and costs of Dalhousie’s Flushometer to that of alternative dual-flush toilets. Simultaneously, research regarding the social acceptance and knowledge of dual-flush toilets was carried out. Information was collected about student’s toilet practice and their perception of water-use in both conventional and dual-flush toilets. This data was gathered through surveys, and taken from the student population in Risley Hall residence during peak times of the day. This information was then used to asses the level of education that students in residence have about dual-flush toilet technology. The results strongly recommended that Dalhousie University install dual-flush toilets in future residences. If the project’s recommendation does follow through and Dalhousie implements dual-flush toilets in a new residence, this will save money, lessen environmental degradation and have a very reasonable payback period. Through the use of dual-flush toilets, Dalhousie University has the potential to be one of the model university’s in North America for water conservation.