Nancy Hill-Holtzman's article on water usage accurately summarized the many ways in which UCLA has been conserving water voluntarily for several years. (Times, July 26)
With more than 4,000 students housed on campus, vital teaching and research activities, acres of grounds that provide a respite for many residents of our increasingly urbanized community and state-of-the-art medical facilities that fulfill critical health care needs, UCLA is virtually a "city within a city." As such, the university is necessarily among the largest water consumers in Los Angeles.
Since 1984-85, when we initiated an aggressive water conservation program, UCLA has reduced its water consumption by 18%. We continue to strive to remain environmentally sensitive, while fulfilling our teaching, researching and public service responsibilities to the people of California.
UCLA would be happy to share information about its unique and successful water conservation measures--such as our water treatment program for campus cooling systems and the polymer implanting project--with others in the community.
RAYMOND G. SCHULTZE
Administrative Vice Chancellor, UCLA