Water Wise Challenge

Res Water Wise Days!


  • About 70% of the Earth is covered with water, but only 1% is available for human use
  • Canada is one of the largest water per capita users in the world –around 250 L/person/day
  • An average 10-minute shower uses about 80L of water–that volume is equivalent to about 160 grande lattes!
  • VIU used an estimated 156 million liters of water last year–an estimated 7 million of that was for residence showers

And we haven’t even talked about laundry or heating the water for showers!


You can make a difference!

Keep water and natural gas from going down the drain by pledging to–

  • Take shorter showers
  • Wash clothes in cold water

Use less natural gas* AND less water

*Natural gas has high CO2 equivalent emissions which contribute to climate change 

Take part!

You could win $100 GC to either the Campus Store or Food Services.

We challenge you to take shorter showers and wash in cold water (as much as possible) between March 12-23.

What do you need to do?

  • Sign up (email Sustainability@viu.ca) — First 20 registrants will get a free shower timer!
  • Track  your shower times — We’ll calculate an estimation of how much CO2e and water were avoided. Use the online tracker daily, or fill in a paper tracker.
  • Pledge to wash in cold water
  • Complete your final online tracker by Saturday, March 24
  • Deliver your completed tracker (if you used the paper version) to B310 R130 by Monday, March 26 — We’ll draw a winner  at random from completed challenge recording sheets

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