Update: California is in the fourth year of a severe drought, and UC Davis must continue our efforts to reduce campus water use. In April, the Governor issued Executive Order B-29-15 with the intent to reduce statewide urban potable water demand by 25 percent.
The Utilities Department includes over 80 employees and is responsible for annual budgets totaling over $47 million. Utilities’ Administrative office provides centralized support, manages utility contracts, processes utility billing for auxiliary units, and reports campus-wide utility use.
The GIS unit serves as a shared central resource for information regarding campus land use, buildings, and infrastructure. The office provides self-service access to on-line information and offers custom mapping and drafting services to campus departments.
UC Davis has its own city-scale water systems to provide the campus with water for domestic use, industrial applications, fire-fighting, and irrigation. This operational unit also maintains the campus natural gas network and swimming pools.
UC Davis generates and distributes high pressure steam, hot water, and chilled water in three central plants to heat and cool buildings in the central campus and Primate District, and provides centralized support for utility system instrumentation and control functions.
UC Davis manages its own electrical substation to provide power to nearly all campus facilities. This unit manages the high-voltage distribution system, exterior lighting systems, and back-up diesel generators.