NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2015) — Irvine Company installed in the second half of 2015 nearly 16,000 low-flow toilets and a similar number of shower heads in its older apartment communities in Orange and San Diego counties, a project that will reduce annual resident water consumption by at least 234.7 million gallons.
The retrofit will cut bathroom water consumption by about half in those apartment communities, helping local water agencies meet their state-mandated water reduction goals.
This initiative is the product of a comprehensive assessment underway by a task force of in-house, company water experts charged with finding the most promising water conservation approaches at Irvine Company’s office, retail, resort, home and apartment communities.
The company’s newer properties already feature the latest state-of-the-art water delivery systems, which make large cuts in water use there more difficult to achieve.
The company’s task force has implemented a wide variety of water-saving initiatives, including installing additional high-tech irrigation systems, reducing its turf footprint, changing to more drought-tolerant landscaping, working with water agencies to maximize the use of recycled water and other measures.