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Sept. 19, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE – With drought conditions worsening in the Charlottesville area and mandatory water restrictions in effect, the University of Virginia athletic department has implemented strategies to conserve water. The strategies address water conservation on an ongoing basis and at home football games beginning with the Akron game on Saturday (Sept. 21) at the Carl Smith Center, home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium.

The strategies implemented include:

*Installing up to 50 portable toilets at the stadium as an alternative to the permanent restrooms.

*Installing aerators on faucets at the stadium and in other athletic facilities that will reduce flow.

*Monitoring stadium restrooms during games for malfunctioning toilets or sink valves, so plumbers on-site can repair them immediately.

*Replacing any shower heads that are not low flow heads.

*Halting the irrigation of all playing and practice fields, including the field at the stadium.

*Halting all washing of vehicles and mobile equipment.

*Closing the Memorial Gymnasium swimming pool.

*Placing signs throughout athletic department facilities emphasizing the water supply emergency.

*A message on HooVision during football games concerning the importance of water conservation.

For more information on UVa’s actions to reduce water consumption, see

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