Camosun College is constantly exploring ways to minimize water use on campus and has achieved reductions in our building water use, outdoor water use and the amount of bottled water used on campus. Camosun is also helping to train future plumbers to conserve water and helping local businesses protect wetlands.

How we're helping to minimize water use on campus

Camosun College is constantly exploring ways to minimize water use on campus and has achieved reductions through the following initiatives.

CRD Water Audit

Water use survey

Camosun College has signed an MOU (2016) with the Capital Regional District to conduct a water use survey on the Lansdowne Campus. During the next year (2016/17) Camosun staff, faculty and students may notice CRD employees in and around the Lansdowne campus, checking taps, surveying water use, checking flow rates etc. Camosun is committed to prioritizing and addressing sustainability on campus and this survey will provide valuable insight into ways in which we can reduce our water consumption and GHG emissions.

What is a water use survey?

The CRD water use survey is a comprehensive assessment that both evaluates historical water use and analyzes current water use in order to offer recommendations and improvements tailored to a particular business, workplace or institution. The goal of water audits is to identify areas in which greater water efficiency can be reached. In past surveys, the CRD has been successful in helping organizations reduce their water consumption in turn reducing water use related costs by 30-50%.

For more information regarding water conservation and the CRD please reference the links below:

Rainwater harvesting

Rainwater that is currently entering the municipal storm water system is harvested and used by the Cross Connection lab in the Plumbing shop for washing floors and for plumbing mock-ups.  Purchase of a storage tank and pumping and treatment equipment was supported by the 2012 Presidents’ Funds.

Storm water management

At the Interurban campus Trades compound, all shop catch basins drain into individual shop separators and then into a 3409 gallon underground oil separator before the water is released into Colquitz Creek. The 3-stage underground separator was installed in 2002. It is checked yearly and sludge (which is minimal) is removed as required. Oil and fluids have separate containment and recycling plans and each shop manages its own waste. All parking lots at both campuses have catch basins to stop vehicle oil and fluid leaks from entering the storm drains.

Building water use

Indoor water use reductions have been achieved by retrofitting or installing:

  • Waterless urinals
  • Low-flow toilets and fixtures
  • Sensors/auto flushometers

This is an ongoing project with more buildings being retrofitted on a continuous basis.

Outdoor water use

Outdoor water use is reduced through use of native and drought-tolerant plants, while the Camosun bioswale mitigates pollution from surface runoff water. Learn more.

Training future plumbers to conserve water

The Cross Connection Lab, used by plumbing and pipefitting students, incorporates a grey water reclamation system to reduce water use and serve as a training tool. The system, which was purchased through President's Funds, re-captures water used in the lab and recycles it for re-use in the same lab.

Camosun research and innovation services help local businesses protect wetlands

Petro Barrier Systems Inc. developed a drain insert that captures pollutants in stormwater—oils, fuels and solvents—preventing them from entering local watersheds. With the help of a research grant from the NSERC, Camosun researchers invented the sensors and wireless communication system that will allow PBS' invention to be used in real-world applications. The integrated system will be piloted for the next two years: eight drains are currently in place at Royal Roads University, and Camosun will conduct controlled laboratory testing to challenge the system under a variety of scenarios that mimic severe weather and spill events.

Water bottle refill stations

Camosun is working to reduce the amount of bottled water used on campus while ensuring convenient alternatives are available. The college is improving access to public water and has installed water bottle refill stations, which offer filtered cold water, on both campuses. Water bottle refill spigots are also being installed in most washrooms.

Not only is public water a healthy and delicious alternative, but it is also free!

Lansdowne Campus

Refill StationRefill Tap

Fisher Building - 1st floor, near men's washroom

Fisher Building - 1st floor, filtered tap water in the Campus Caf

Fisher Building – 1st floor, Canadian Springs refill vendor at the Refreshment Centre


Fisher Building - 2nd floor, men's and women's washrooms


Fisher Building - 3rd floor, men's and women's washrooms


Dental Building - Across from Room 005


Paul Building - 1st floor, by the boiler room


Wilna Thomas - 1st floor, by men's washroom

Wilna Thomas - 2nd floor, men's and women's washrooms

Learning & Resources Centre - 1st floor, by women's washroom


Ewing Building - 1st floor, men's and women's washrooms


Dawson Building - 1st floor, by men's washroom

Dawson Building - 1st floor, men's and women's washrooms

Young Building - 1st floor by fitness area

Young Building - 1st floor hallway

Young Building - 2nd floor men's and women's washroom (east)


Interurban Campus

Refill StationRefill Tap

Jack White Building - Beside Pipe Chase, near the men's washroom (across from the boiler room)


Campus Centre - 1st floor, across from the CCSS office

Campus Centre - 1st floor, men's and women's change rooms

Drysdale - Across from Classroom 135


Technology Building - Across from Room 181


CBA Building - 1st floor, Atrium area and in the 2nd floor hallway


Contact information

Office of Sustainability

Campus location

Isabel Dawson Building, room 119A

Location link

Lansdowne campus