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‘We are aggressively reducing water use at all of our properties…’
During the current drought, we are aggressively reducing water use at all of our properties, determined to help water districts where we do business meet their water reduction targets.
Our Water Conservation Task Force, comprised of in-house water experts, has been charged with finding the most promising water conservation approaches at the Irvine Company’s office, retail, resort, apartment and home communities.
This is a complex challenge because of the Irvine Company’s historic stewardship of this precious resource. Dating back to 1967, we’ve helped pioneer and champion the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation. And our newer properties have state-of-the-art, water-conservation systems that make additional reductions more difficult. But we are committed to implement a comprehensive water-conservation plan to achieve the needed reductions.
Here’s what we’re doing so far to further save water across our portfolio of properties.
We have installed nearly 16,000 water-efficient toilets and a similar number of shower heads at our older apartment communities in Orange and San Diego counties that collectively will reduce annual water use by an estimated 234.7 million gallons. Click here for full story.
Landscape irrigation at many of our properties already uses recycled water. Where it doesn’t, we have been seeking new sources of recycled water and are encouraged by our negotiations with water districts to make that happen. Our initial focus has been on Newport Beach and expanding already substantial use of recycled water in Irvine to additional properties, but we are exploring how we can maximize the use of recycled water throughout our coastal California portfolio.
We have a five-point approach to reducing water consumption for large landscaped areas: Reduce the turf footprint, use more drought-tolerant landscaping, employ water-efficient sprinklers and drip irrigation, use sophisticated weather satellite sensors for more control over water delivery and flow sensors to stop any leaks, and seek recycled water sources to reduce the use of fresh water. And we are taking special steps to assure that trees don’t die in the process. Click here for a good example of one project.
We have started a training program with housekeepers, wait staff, gardeners and other staff members at our resort properties to employ the best practices for saving water as they perform their tasks, as well as an educational program for our guests so they can help us in conserving water.