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Water Conservation at the Port of San Diego - Michelle White, Green Port program manager, Port of San Diego - Presentation 2/3 Leading by Example

Water Conservation at the Port of San Diego - Michelle White, Green Port program manager, Port of San Diego - Presentation 2/3 Leading by Example

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Water Conservation at the Port of San Diego Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Water Conservation at the Port of San Diego Michelle White Green Port Program Manager
  • 2. Background of the Port
  • 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. Green Port Program
  • 5. Water • Improve water quality in San Diego Bay. Reduce the Port’s water usage to preserve San Diego’s water supply.
  • 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. 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. Current Voluntary Conservation Efforts • Retrofitting buildings with ultra low-flow toilets • Retrofitting all park restrooms with low-flow flush kits
  • 9. What is the new “business-as-usual”? • Requires a balance of: – Environmental stewardship – Parks – Tourism – Recreational opportunities – Community service
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Questions? Michelle White Environmental Services Dept. (619) 686-6254 mwhite@portofsandiego.org