Procurement: An FAQ on Water Purchases

I’ve seen a variety of water purchases on campus ranging from bottled water, filtered water and water coolers, sometimes in the same building. What is SMU’s policy on water purchases and is there a way to streamline our spending in this area?

Individual bottles of water should be purchased using University funds only for guests.  If individual bottles of water are purchased for guests, there are two guidelines: 1) per the University’s contract with Coca-Cola, the water must be Dasani or Smart Water brands and 2) the water must be purchased through an authorized source.  Please contact Cathy Heckman ( for sourcing assistance. 

Departments make their own arrangements for providing drinking water, including in-line plumbed machines and stand-alone coolers, depending on their needs. Any department that is interested in participating in a campus-wide effort to receive quality, filtered water at a reduced cost should contact Cathy Heckman at

 If you have ideas about how the University can generate additional cost savings, please send them to the Office of Operational Excellence via our online comment form. Comments and questions can be submitted completely anonymously and all submissions that include contact information are sent quick responses.


Frequently Asked Questions About the Facilities Initiative

What is the goal of the Facilities Initiative’s inquiries on space utilization and energy consumption?

The goal is to create an accurate representation of spaces on campus, determine how they are being used, and consider if there are opportunities to relocate some functions to SMU’s main campus. These relocations could create rental revenues that would be reinvested back into the academic mission of the University.

What opportunities are being explored through this process?

Opportunities could be identified across a variety of different areas, such as making scheduling processes more efficient and making better use of current spaces, including the possible reconfiguration of existing spaces to improve overall efficiency, while also maximizing revenues for the University.

What is the process for arriving at recommendations?

Members from the Facilities Initiative will be collecting data from all critical stakeholders. This data will be analyzed and recommendations will be made to the Steering Committee; after they give approval, recommendations are sent to the Executive Committee, led by President Turner.

How can I provide input on this Initiative?

You are welcome to reach out to the group via the OE2C website online comment form to ask a specific question or provide any feedback or information you think would be beneficial to this process.