Water Conservation at the Port of San Diego

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Water Conservation at the Port of San Diego

  1. 1. Water Conservation at the Port of San Diego Michelle White Green Port Program Manager
  2. 2. Background of the Port
  3. 3. The Port’s Mission • To balance regional Economic Benefits, Recreational Opportunities, Environmental Stewardship and Public Safety while protecting Tidelands Trust resources on behalf of the citizens of California.
  4. 4. Green Port Program
  5. 5. Water • Improve water quality in San Diego Bay. Reduce the Port’s water usage to preserve San Diego’s water supply.
  6. 6. Water Conservation Background • Three water agencies serve Tidelands: – Sweetwater Authority – 17% – California American Water Co. – 11% – City of San Diego – 72% • The Port currently is in compliance with all Level 2 mandates from the City of San Diego
  7. 7. Current Voluntary Conservation Efforts • Installed Smart Irrigation Systems in 5 major parks • Replacing high- water use shrubs with water-wise plants or bark mulch where feasible
  8. 8. Current Voluntary Conservation Efforts • Retrofitting buildings with ultra low-flow toilets • Retrofitting all park restrooms with low-flow flush kits
  9. 9. What is the new “business-as-usual”? • Requires a balance of: – Environmental stewardship – Parks – Tourism – Recreational opportunities – Community service
  10. 10. Water Use Baseline FY 07/08 FY 07/08 Total Total Water Use: 213,060,694 Gallons (284,841 HCF) *1 HCF = 748 Gallons 11% Buildings Ship Use 25% Comfort Stations Multi Use Meters 50% Irrigation 4% 10%
  11. 11. Potential Options for Reducing Water Use • Irrigation – Reduce water use – Water-wise landscaping • Buildings and Comfort Stations – Additional retrofits – Education • Ship Use – Reduce water use – Education • Multi Use Meters – Limited use or fee for use
  12. 12. Other options? • Gray Water Recycling Systems – California Plumbing Code currently restricts commercial buildings from installing gray water recycling systems. – The Port is weighing in on proposed legislative changes to change this Code. • Reclaimed Water – Infrastructure is not available on Port tidelands.
  13. 13. Next Steps • Stay informed of mandates from water agencies serving tidelands • Determine best options for further conservation efforts • Explore opportunities for working with our tenants • Explore grant opportunities
  14. 14. Questions? Michelle White Environmental Services Dept. (619) 686-6254 mwhite@portofsandiego.org

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