By Tony Yuan- Water
After a very helpful meeting with one of our stakeholders, Nurit Katz, we decided that it would be best to start our water audit by investigating the sinks from each floor of as many UCLA buildings as we can study and audit for. She told us that we should watch out for such buildings like Royce Hall or Powell Library because their piping as well as their sinks are very old and may be inaccurate or inaccurate to find proper information needed to complete our water audit.
As a team, we decided that it would be best if we all went to one building together and investigate the sinks of each floor in order to create a set protocol that we would use in the future, in terms of how to find and record the data for each sink. The building that we decided to study first was Bunche Hall. We started from the highest floor, the eleventh floor, and worked our way down to the bottom floor, A-level. From there, we decided to look at the model, the flow rate, as well as the brand of each sink we were investigating while recording all the data that was found. We deduced that there was an average of 2 bathrooms per floor with an average of 2-3 sinks per bathroom. The brands for the sinks were the same for the whole building however the models and flow rates varied on some of the floors, such as the tenth floor had a different model and flow rate than the first floor of Bunche Hall. After Bunche Hall, we decided to also investigate Perloff Hall. In Perloff Hall, all of the models and flow rate of each sink was the same on all three floors, however each floor varied in the number of sinks available.
This week, our team decided to split up into two groups; we will be investigating different buildings in order to increase the efficiency of researching the data. Hopefully, both groups of our team will be able to combine the data that we find so that we can construct a larger database of research. This will allow us to bring all of the research, data, and notes to our stakeholders next meeting and let us have tangible data to work with for our final water audit.