By Ryan Gainford
Low water pressure aimed at conserving water in the college’s residence has some students upset at the situation.
“It’s very irritating,” said Hannah Robinson, a Business Management student who lives in the residence building. “It makes it harder to do things.”
“It’s harder to do dishes,” said Sadie Moore, a nursing student.
“It takes me 20 minutes to wash the conditioner out of my hair,” said Alison Gabriel, another student living in residence.
Efforts to make the college more ‘green’ have been emphasized in recent years, most evidently in the environmentally sustainable features incorporated into additions and facility improvements including, but not limited to the ACCE complex and the two years-old Commons building.
When asked to weigh in on the trade-off between environmental sustainability vs. comfort and convenience when it comes to water consumption, Carley Webb, a residence staff member, felt the facilities should watch the residents’ expectations.
“They should make it adjustable for people’s preferences,” she said. “I’m all about saving water for environmental purposes, but there has to be a middle ground when a student is paying for a service.”
When it comes down to it, does it really make that much of a difference at all?
“I feel like it would balance out,” Robinson said.
She added that if pressure was increased, people would probably spend less time in the shower; the same goes for washing and rinsing dishes.
“It’s probably wasting more water because people are taking longer showers,” Alicia Quan, resident and Business Administration student said.