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Science and the Environment

Missouri State University Sets an Example in Water Conservation

Inside the Blair-Shannon Dining Hall, you can find many ways people make use of water.

However, City Utilities recently indicated to Springfield residents that there is a serious shortage of water in Fellows Lake.  That is why Missouri State University and other universities in Springfield are participating in a voluntary commitment to conserve water. 

Bob Eckles is the Director of Facilities management at Missouri State University. He says the campus has done a few things to conserve water, such as shutting off the fountains, not planting new plants, and only watering the grass in the morning.

“We take seriously our mission of public affairs and I think it’s really important for us to set an example, not only for our students but for the community. We have a role we take seriously and we think what we do on campus and what our faculty and staff take home has an impact for the community. I think we are being good ‘Springfieldians’ in our efforts to conserve water,” said Eckles.

The universities are asking their students to do small things to conserve - taking shorter showers, turning the water off while brushing teeth, and only running dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.

Paige Lutkemeyer, a freshman Psychology major at Missouri State, came up with another way to conserve.

“My dad has a rain barrel that you hook the gutter up to and it uses the rain water and it saves it up in this barrel and that is what my dad uses to water our plants,” said Lukemeyer.

Fellow freshman psychology major Taylor Homyer has his own view on water conservation.

 “I think the school has done a good job at keeping those things in place. I know that they have put in new shower heads that conserve water but besides that it has never crossed my mind to conserve water because we would have to have a drought or something like that,” said Homyer.

But Springfield is in a drought, and all the students I talked to didn't realize this. Eckles says he will be meeting with the Sustainability Committee at MSU to discuss specific ways to inform students about the drought, and what part they can play to help Springfield conserve its water.

For KSMU News I’m Shannon Bowers.