U.S. Water, a leading provider of integrated water and process solutions for industry, has completed a water efficiency program with St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Los Angeles resulting in an estimated water savings of 3.6 million gallons per year.
This represents an estimated 30% annual water usage savings for St. Vincent, well ahead of State of California’s 20% water reduction goal by 2020. The water reduction also translated into an estimated $76,000 in annual cost savings for St. Vincent.
“Thanks to the partnership with U.S. Water, St. Vincent is caring for the environment ahead of schedule,” said Mark Stultz, director of facilities at St. Vincent Medical Center. “In addition, the substantial cost savings can be redirected as needed for facilities or for patient care.”
The savings were achieved through an improved automation package and enhanced chemistry program from U.S. Water. This program allowed the hospital’s cooling towers to reduce water use through increased cycles of concentration, while maintaining the same comfortable conditions. The improvements were co-funded by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and Los Angeles’ Metropolitan Water Department (MWD). With the help of U.S. Water, the hospital now has been approved to receive evaporation credits for reduced sewage costs.
U.S. Water founder and CEO Allan Bly commented, “It is very gratifying to be helping a great institution like St. Vincent’s. This shows how U.S. Water’s technology and engineers can help hospitals, industrial plants and other facilities reduce their water usage and realize needed savings.”