WATER CONSERVATION FACTS
We build and operate our apartment communities in a sustainable, environmentally sensitive manner. Our master-planned apartment communities include a comprehensive water usage and conservation plan, ensuring that adequate water resources are available.
In our landscaping, we use or are converting to state-of-the-art, high-efficiency irrigation systems that reduces water consumption through the use of:
- Smart irrigation controllers: This high-tech system controls how much water is used to irrigate our landscapes based on plant/soil type and weather conditions. The system uses real-time weather satellite data that, for instance, shuts off the irrigation system during rainy or cold conditions.
- Drip and low-flow irrigation: This practice allows water to be slowly applied into the soil, drastically reducing water usage and the overspray onto non-landscaped areas caused by traditional sprinklers.
- Master valves with flow sensors: This allows us to automatically shut off the water when the flow sensor detects a leak.
Wherever possible, we irrigate our landscaping with recycled water. This practice has been adopted since the early 1980s. As of today, 99% of our apartment communities in the city of Irvine use recycled water for their landscaping.
Unlike potable (drinking) water, there are no drought-related restrictions on the amount of recycled water that may be used. Newer apartment communities all feature water-saving fixtures and appliances.
As part of its commitment to efficient water use and reuse, the Irvine Company employs a dedicated team that continually monitors water usage across its portfolio. Team members inspect water systems on a regular basis and make adjustments when needed to prevent overspray and runoff.