Where Does Our Campus' Drinking Water Come From?

Updated: Nov 15, 2018

Image courtesy of Jenna Tanner

Did you know? The Huron River provides our campus community with 85% of its drinking water. A University of Michigan sustainability goal is to protect the river’s quality through the prevention of runoff-based contamination. Given that campus storm drains lead directly to the Huron River, this is a difficult task.

There are already multiple infrastructure-based initiatives in place to minimize runoff. The Ross School of Business has a green roof to collect stormwater. Angell, Tisch, and Alumni Memorial Halls sit behind a stormwater infiltration system that filters out sediment and pollutants from collected water (note: the system can accommodate 750,000 gallons of water at a time). The Dana Building and Crisler Arena were both built with porous pavers that encourage water absorption, rather than runoff. Finally, the Art & Architecture Building Wetland serves as runoff management for about 90 acres of North Campus.