Flushing Out Water Savings

Nov. 21, 2011

U.S. Census reports from 2010 indicate that the population of Los Angeles is roughly 4 million residents. And even though California has been plagued by severe drought in recent years, experts estimate that L.A. residents are literally flushing 5.8 billion gallons of fresh water a year in restrooms alone.

This staggering statistic has lead many facility managers in the city to reassess their environmental impact, setting a goal on water conservation. The Staples Center is one such example. Since its construction in 1999, the home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks has focused heavily on establishing programs and initiatives that are environmentally conscious, including the installation of water-free urinals throughout the 950,000 square foot facility.