As California continues to be in a drought it is of utmost importance that we focus on water conservation.
The healthcare sector is the third largest consumer of water of all commerical buildings in the U.S. The median water use intensity of a hospital is 55 gallons per square foot per year, and 315 gallons per bed per day. A hospital the size of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, that would equal 66 million gallons per year.
How UCLA Health is Saving Water
- A zero-discharge system saves nearly 10,000 gallons of water per day from cooling towers at UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica while reducing chemical output and water consumption
- Small areas of grass are being replaced with artificial turf eliminating the use of potable water for irrigation
How Hospitals Use Water
*This graphic demonstrates the water use from one hospital in New Mexico.
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