World Water Day is an annual United Nations (UN) observance day, which highlights the importance of water. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of water resources.

Meet Barbara McAdam and Laura Vasquez on March 22 from 12-1 p.m. Barbara and Laura are both urban horticulture program specialists at the UF/IFAS/Extension Miami Dade County Office. Recording

The University of Miami is constantly looking for ways to reduce water use. Our Facilities department has adopted best practices and technologies to optimize the campus’ water use and further promote the University’s water conservation efforts despite a constant growth in demand.

All new buildings are LEED Silver at a minimum, and LEED certified buildings are performing at least 40% better in water consumption than standard building of the same size.

Many LEED building achieve good rating on water conservation thanks to dedicated Native landscaping and Xeriscape best practices.


The department has implemented aggressive practices and technologies to optimize the campus’s water use and further promote the University’s water conservation efforts.
Our initiatives in this area include:
• The replacement of all resident halls and apartments shower heads to low flow models.
• The installation of timer setting controls on the campus irrigation systems.
• An ongoing aggressive leak detection program to prevent excessive water consumption.
• An ongoing replacement program of urinals and toilets to low flow models.
• An ongoing conversion of campus irrigation systems to well water in lieu of domestic water usage.

Rainwater harvesting:
The Sustainable Garden located at the edge of the Coral Gables campus Gifford Arboretum saves water by using rain barrels for its irrigation needs. The main advancement in water conservation has been the installation of a rainwater harvesting system in the Frost School of Music Studio LEED Platinum building that provides for all its non-drinking water demand, toilets flushing included.

On the RSMAS campus, a closed loop system has been installed in the Chiller plant: 90% of condensate water is recirculated in the system as makeup water for the cooling towers. Submeters have been installed to measure the percentage of condensate in the mix, generating an average of 300 gallons per day or 10% of the cooling tower demand.

Storm Water Management in the City of Coral Gables


The NET ZERO WATER Buildings Project

James D. Englehardt, Ph.D., P.E.Graduate Program Director and Professor of Environmental Engineering. College of Engineering Receives Grant for Self-Sustaining Water System:
$2M grant from the NSF will develop autonomous net-zero water dormitory at UM A $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow the University of Miami (UM) College of Engineering to develop an autonomous net-zero water dormitory at UM. The project will make it possible for the residents to go “off the water grid,” by using a sustainable approach to water collection, treatment and reuse.
To learn more about it, click here.



March 22, 5.30 pm  - 7.30 pm at the Gifford Arboretum Stone Circle

Learn how to collect Rainwater for your garden and plant Florida-Friendly Landscape with the professional team from Miami Dade - UF/IFAS Extension.
You can even buy a rain barrel.
Free Amission. RSVP for the event. Learn more

UN World Water Day
Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
Visit the United Nations World Water Day website. UM celebrate WWDay every year around March 22.

Why should we conserve water?

Water use is a major contributor to green house gas emissions, as the more energy is required to move large amounts of water, and water itself is a resource that must be conserved.  As a result the University of Miami is constantly looking for ways to reduce water use. Please click on the links for each campus to get more information.

PSA - Water Conservation from Blame Your Brother on Vimeo.

To learn more about how you can conserve water, visit Miami Dade County - Water Conservation Tips link