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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 12:00 am

Raquel Bicknell said she thinks the girls of Delta Zeta can drop it really low.

Bicknell, a 20-year-old nursing sophomore and recycling committee chair for Delta Zeta Sorority, is looking for ways to win the How Low Can You Go? 2013 Water Challenge.

UF’s Office of Sustainability and the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department are coordinating the challenge, said Laurel Nesbit, program assistant at the Office of Sustainability.

The sorority house that reduces the most amount of water from February to March 18 will win a $500 donation to the philanthropy of its choice. Nesbit said Blue Springs and Ginnie Springs will be making the donation.

The purpose of the water challenge, she said, is to raise awareness about how water usage is directly related to the water quality in springs and rivers.

The 13 houses competing will have their water usage measured every week.

Bicknell said she thinks winning the challenge will boil down to the time, temperature and number of showers that are taken in the house every day.

Nesbit said the Office of Sustainability’s first goal is to educate the sororities, but its ultimate goal is to pull in more students.

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