Water conservation in chemistry labs

Help Make the College of Chemistry Green!

Where is water being used in the College of Chemistry Labs?  The Green Initiative Fund at Berkeley tells us where and gives tips on how to reduce water usage. Help make the College of Chemistry green!


Running the sink while washing glassware can use your volume of water in 10 minutes.

Condenser Cooling

A one day experiment with a condenser column wastes 7 whiskey barrels of water.

Instrument Cooling

The cooling water used in an XRD would fill the Great Pyramid of Giza in one year.

The Green Initiative Fund

How can we conserve resources? Follow tips these from The Green Initiative Fund!

Running Faucet

Turn off the sink while sudsing glassware.

Use Fish Tank Pumps

Fish tank pumps can recirculate water in condensers.

Be Conscientious

Above all, be conscientious of where you are using water.

Closed Loop Chillers

Research closed loop chillers for large equipment.

Heat Producing Machines

Only run heat producing machines when necessary.