Millersville University has new way to save water, money


Millersville University is saving thousands of dollars and gallons of water by one simple fix.

“We started putting the pieces together and the guys came up with the idea that the flappers that were in there were starting to fail,” said Greg Black, director of Maintenance and Operations.

Between March and April, the university replaced 370 toilet flappers in the South Village dorms. The fix saves up to 50,000 gallons of water a day, which is the equivalent of two above-ground swimming pools.

“We used more water over spring break, when there are only a few athletes here, versus now when the building is over 95-percent occupied, so it’s a big change,” said Black.

The university decided to replace the flappers after the current ones were causing water to leak into the toilet bowl and down the drain. The new flappers are larger and tighter.

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