Pomona College is at least transparent, if not conservative, with its annual water use. A page on the school’s website lists figures from the last decade.

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Pomona’s Grounds department maintains 140 acres of campus; 30 acres are non-irrigated native landscape, and 110 acres are shrubbery, grass or turf. An automated central control system manges the irrigation needs of the school. The college also has two swimming pools, and 9 different fountains.

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The water within our sewer system runs to a water reclamation plant in the city of Pomona, which has been in existence since the 1920’s. The effluent is sold to the city of Pomona, and other private customers. Interestingly, Cal Poly Pomona has been purchasing water for their campus irrigation from the plant since the 1960’s.

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