Cedars-Sinai Groundwater Conservation Project Receives Top Award
The California Water Environment Association Recognizes Cedars-Sinai with its Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater Committee Award for its Groundwater Conservation Program.
Named Facility of the Year in the small industry category, Cedars-Sinai’s groundwater conservation program reduced the medical center's need to purchase water from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power by about 24 million gallons of water per year. And, reduced the medical centers consumption of city water by approximately 20% annually.
“This award demonstrates our strong commitment to conservation and sustainable design,” said Edward Robinson, assistant manager of plant operations at Cedars-Sinai. “With the success of this project, we are already thinking about other potential ways to use the groundwater in the future.”
The project kicked-off in November 2013 and construction and implementation of the system began in September 2015. It took about two years to complete.
In a letter to Cedars-Sinai from the award committee, nominators noted they were impressed with the “knowledge and committed environmental staff,” as well as the teams “implemented processes of treated wastewater, preventative maintenance efforts to minimize or reuse waste materials.”
“Companies such as yours provide an example of how a joint commitment by management and employees to effective waste management yields excellent results,” the award committee stated.