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    Simple changes help CPMC reduce water usage by 19 million gallons

    News Release
    Contact: Dean Fryer -- 415-600-7484 or pager 415-232-6463

    San Francisco, CA - October 1, 2015 - Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC) recent analysis of water conservation efforts reveals significant savings after taking simple steps, that can be done in any household, to reduce water consumption. Following the implementation of conservation efforts, CPMC realized a savings of nearly 19 million gallons over the last year at the four CPMC campuses, a 24 percent reduction in water usage.

    By taking the same steps that any household can take, CPMC saved 24 percent on water consumption. By removing old and inefficient urinals, toilets, water faucets, shower heads and kitchen equipment and replacing them with new low-flow efficient models, CPMC reduced the amount of water consumed at all four campuses.

    With the increasing severity of California’s drought and the need for heightened levels of conservation, CPMC collaborated in a non-regulated energy service partnership called Sustainable Solutions Turnkey. This collaboration consists of PG&E’s Customer Energy Solutions group and design-build company AECOM, with a focus on energy and water reduction measures.

    With a long history of caring for San Francisco residents, CPMC also realizes the responsibility of stewardship of valuable resources for the well-being of the community. While water is vital for both clinical care and facility operations, the need to conserve remains and CPMC has successfully implemented measures to reduce consumption.

    Additional steps taken to conserve water included the re-engineering of water-cooled refrigeration compressors used for hospital cooling systems, allowing water to circulate through the existing cooling towers and back through the compressors to cool them, rather than discharging the water down the drain.

    CPMC will continue conservation efforts to implement additional measures to reduce water consumption. Efforts are currently underway to redesign hospital landscaping to incorporate drought-resistant plants and hardscaping.

    The construction of two new CPMC hospitals, one at Van Ness and Geary and the other at the St. Luke’s Campus in the Mission District, will also incorporate water conservation measures. Both hospitals, due to open in 2019, are designed to reduce water consumption through high-efficiency low-flow plumbing fixtures and by harvesting rainwater for storage in cisterns for use in HVAC cooling towers and landscape irrigation. These new designs are expected to save over 3 million gallons of drinking water per year and remove over 550,000 gallons of annual water runoff from the city’s sewer system.

    Across the Sutter Health system, hospital affiliates strive to make their communities healthier, which includes creating a healthy and sustainable environment. Sutter Health has implemented water conservation by replacing landscaping with drought-tolerant plants, replacing inefficient plumbing with high-efficiency fixtures and incorporating conservation methods into all new construction. These efforts incorporate a comprehensive system-wide drought plan with the goal of developing measures that permanently reduce water use, while continuing to provide the high-quality care and exceptional service that patients expect and deserve.

    About California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) - A Sutter Health Affiliate

    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, we believe in the power of medicine. We research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest-quality expert care with kindness and compassion in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, and a Sutter Health affiliate, we are able to reach deep into our community to provide education, screening and financial support in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Like us on Facebook, watch us on YouTube and follow us on Twitter. For more information visit our web site at