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Students Clash in Month-Long Battle to Save Water

 

Valley Terrace residence halls

UC Merced students in the nine Valley Terrace residence halls battle over who can conserve the most amount of water during the monthlong Water Battle 2011.
 

 

UC Merced students in the nine Valley Terrace residence halls are battling over who can conserve the most amount of water during the monthlong Water Battle 2011.

Hundreds of UC Merced students are about to learn just how far they can stretch a drop of water.

“UC Merced Water Battle 2011” begins Saturday, pitting students in the nine Valley Terrace residence halls against each other in a monthlong water conservation competition. The hall that saves the most water per person through Oct. 31 wins a pizza party, prizes and $1,000 to donate to local nonprofit organization.

About 565 students live in the Valley Terraces.

“Our challenge is to get students motivated and create awareness,” said Martin Figueroa, a junior biology major and team manager for the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program at UC Merced.

Green Campus is a student group that is planning and organizing the contest, along with UC Merced sustainability leaders, the student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World and Los Gatos-based startup company Aquacue Inc.

Aquacue produces water management solutions and technologies providing real-time water monitoring, usage analysis, leak detection and alerts services. Organizers are leaning on that technology — which includes the Aqucacue Barnacle, a flow monitoring and data-transmitting device attached to each hall’s water meter — as the foundation of the contest.
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