WATER CONSERVATION FACTS
Since the Irvine Company was founded as an agricultural company more than 150 years ago, it has conserved and reused water by all means available. The company has a long history as a thoughtful steward of some of the most valuable land anywhere and is an industry leader in water conservation.
As such, we build and operate our retail centers in a sustainable, environmentally sensitive manner.
Our proactive approach to water conservation and use of recycled water has resulted in saving more than 113.4 million gallons of potable (drinking) water each year in our retail centers.
Our master-planned retail centers include a comprehensive water usage and conservation plan, ensuring that adequate water resources are available to serve each project.
In our landscaping, we use state-of-the-art, high-efficiency irrigation systems that reduces water consumption (44 million gallons annually) 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. For instance, since the 1980s, most every retail community in the city of Irvine including the Irvine Spectrum Center has used recycled water for its landscaping. In Newport Beach, Newport Coast and Crystal Cove retail centers 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.
In our retail centers, we use state-of-the-art, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures that reduces water consumption (2 million gallons of water annually) through the use of waterless urinals and water-savings flush values and sink sprayer aerators.
As part of its commitment to efficient water use and reuse, the Irvine Company employs an 8-member team in our retail division 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.