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Irvine Ranch Water District

2010 Green Team, continued ...Published: June 01, 2010

Irvine  •  irwd.com
Founded: 1961 | General Manager and Chief Green Officer: Paul Jones

Since 1961, the Irvine Ranch Water District has been a leader in environmental stewardship, and its recycled water distribution system is the largest in the nation. Recycled water is used for landscape irrigation in parks, golf courses and school grounds, and in cooling towers and toilets in more than 25 office buildings throughout its service area, which includes Irvine and portions of Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange and some unincorporated areas of the county. IRWD’s water conservation efforts and unique conservation rate structure have facilitated a marked decrease in water consumption among its 330,000 customers. While the average Orange County resident uses 190 gallons of water a day, an IRWD customer uses only 90. What’s more, IRWD uses solar energy to power some of its operations, and urban runoff is cleaned through a natural ecosystem treatment that removes contaminants before the water reaches the ecologically sensitive Upper Newport Bay.

OC METRO'S 2010 GREEN TEAM